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Woj: C’s Would Have Interest in Troy Murphy & Richard Hamilton If Bought Out

With the trade deadline just eight days away, the rumor mill is slowing but surely beginning to turn and the shorthanded C’s are, as expected, in the conversation. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports the C’s would be interested in pursuing Richard Hamilton and Troy Murphy if they are bought out from their pricy contracts.

The Hornets will likely be in pursuit of New Jersey Nets forward Troy Murphy once the Nets reach a buyout agreement with him after the trade deadline. Nets coach Avery Johnson made clear he didn’t want Murphy after the three-team trade that brought him from the Indiana Pacers. Trade talks have gone nowhere for Murphy, who has an expiring contract. Nets GM Billy King will ultimately work a buyout to free Murphy to sign elsewhere.

In addition to the Hornets, several other teams are expected to show interest in Murphy, including the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks, sources said. …

Richard Hamilton will have to be willing to give back a significant portion of the two years, $25 million owed him to get a buyout on his contract. Sources said the Celtics still remain intrigued with Hamilton as a scorer off the bench.

CH’s Analysis: Chalk this interest up in the no surprise department, when it comes to Danny Ainge and late season signees. He’s gone the buyout route several times in the past three years with mixed results, but it’s safe to say both of these guys have the potential to provide a helpful boost off the bench down the stretch, but only one is a realistic option.

We’ll start with Murphy, who is the much more likely candidate to be bought out in the first place, with his trade stock at rock bottom since being benched by Avery Johnson in December.

On the surface, some might wonder what use the C’s would have for the aging Murphy that hasn’t played in months, but you have to take into consideration just how many C’s bigs are vulnerable right now. Shaq’s Achilles’ has shown no signs of improving, it’s unclear what the C’s will get from Jermaine O’Neal upon his return from surgery and Semih is still battling a pu pu platter of ailments.

You can never have enough pitching in baseball, and if you’re the C’s you can’t have too many bigs. Murphy would be a sizable upgrade over Luke Harangody and that alone makes him worthy of bringing into the fold if available. Would the C’s cut Harangody to sign him if they had to? That’s another complicated question, but one I lean yes towards.

Doc Rivers loves to have a big with three-point range and that’s exactly what Murphy could provide off the bat while allowing the bench unit to help spread the floor. He and Shaq could be a nightmare defensively, but on the offensive end with Big Baby, it’d give Rivers plenty of appealing options for a player that averaged a double-double last year. He may not be P.J. Brown, but he can’t be any worse than Mikki Moore……right?

As for Hamilton, there’s no question he’d give any bench a huge boost, but I don’t see a buyout happening here. The guy still has one more year on his deal for over 11 million dollars and he’s not going to leave a lot of that money on the table, especially given the certain future of the CBA. It’s nice to think about but consider Hamilton a pipe dream for the C’s…..or any team for that matter in a buyout…for now.

More to come on these guys upcoming…..

  • Tos

    I’d really love to see Hamilton as a Celtic… But like you said unfortunately it’s highly unlikely however he has been very frustrated over not playing in Detroit, and he’d certainly be a HUGE upgrade for our bench. So I guess we’ll see just how badly hewants to play for awinning team again. I really hope he does.

    Murphy on the other hand, I’m not overly excited for. But like you said is he moreuseful than Luke. The answer is obviously a yes.

    Anyword on Delonte yet???

  • dslack

    Stackhouse is another option. Not a buyout, but a SF who's available.

  • talesofJP

    Stack house wouldn't help us as much as Murphy or Rip. Rip would be ideal, but having another big off the bench is never a bad thing, especially since Luke isn't getting minutes/can't defend 3's well enough. Honestly, I wouldn't mind keeping what we have. Let Luke and Avery have some run against the Nets. Good learning experience for them

  • ElRoz

    Yes, let Luke and Avery play some more…as with Von Wafer, I always had a feeling this seaosn that they just needed some mintes to show good stuff…Luke especially, I feel confident about that guy…

  • lakershater13

    Our biggest need is a backup to Pierce. In my opinion Nate has been pretty awful all year. When you look at free agency this summer we have perk and davis free agents. Perk is a must sign but davis we may lose because he is having a career year and I do not think we should over pay for him. He is playing better than he really is. All davis really offers us off the bench is scoring and decent defense. I say we trade Nate and Davis for Battier. Battier would give us decent scoring and excellent defense coming off the bench. Add West back in the mix and we have a solid defensive bench. Well what do we do at PF to replace davis you may ask? We have a guy in the d league by the name of TINY GALLON. The guy is way more athletic then davis and can still step out and hit a 10-15 foot jumper. Plus he is a much better rebounder then davis as most PFs are. When shaq returns we have a second 5 of… West, Wafer, Battier, Gallon, Shaq. Anyone think im on to something or does everyone think im crazy? I just dont see shrek and donkey doing much recently.

    • GeOgre

      Really depends on how much money Baby is lookin to make. We know Perk didn't sign his extension, so he's gonna be getting paid bigger bucks. Obviously its more vital to sign Perk and solidify the starting 5. After that how much will be available for Baby… I like the fact that he has proven himself in the playoffs and knows the system, but I don't like the fact that he just can't finish around the rim and gets blocked excessively when standing amongst the trees. He'll probably opt for more money and perhaps a starting roll on a non playoff contending team when his head swells after winning the 6th man award at the end of this season. I'm all for bringing up Gallon and letting him learn from Garnett and Shaq while they are still there… it would be a waste to keep him in the D League next season and not get to learn from Celtics big vets.

      • NHBluesMan

        that sounds like a great idea, but i doubt Doc would want to get rid of Baby before the end of the season. While he makes some bone-headed plays, he brings alot of energy to the team and would be valuable in the play-offs

      • Batman

        There's no way Big Baby is winning 6th man of the year

    • Zee

      Trust me, Davis ain't going anywhere. Doc wouldn't let it happen, and I'm Glad he wouldn't. Neither would Danny. Davis is a Celtic, and at least the remainder of this year. He bleeds green.

    • skeeds

      what you're actually saying here is to trade a player having a breakout season, scoring big numbers while playing great defence and leading the league in charges(not important in itself but indication of defensive awareness and grit), not to mention a more than reliable playoff force, who was in Boston's system since his puberty, for a nobody who can jump?
      Come on man…
      Also, Nate is a much more valuable player than Wafer, although I like Wafer's play lately alot. Yeah, Nate's in a looong slump, but it's obvious that there's a limited number of things you can screw up in a shooter's world and still expect him to perform. And clearly the team is asking from him to play unlike himself, until West's return anyway.

      On a different note, Battier's name has been thrown around alot, but have the Rockets given any indication of giving him up? He's currently a starter averaging 30 m/g.

      • Celtics Freak


        • skeeds

          So we should give him away now that he's playing great, and take someone who at best is mediocre, instead of at least having him till the end of the season and see from there on? There aren't a lot of tradeable players playing like Baby is right now you know. There's actually none. I really can't see how this would be a good idea at all.

          No one's gonna be a Celtic forever, the team is going to turn upside down from 2012 on. But now is now. And now Baby is doing his job perfectly. We're not in "rebuilding mode" yet, we're in championship mode.

  • chump

    I wonder if Murphy would pick a different team over the Cs if he knew his signing would cause Luke to be cut? No clue if they even know each other, but they are both ND guys, and there aren't too many of them in the league.

    • Guest

      I don't think players really think much about that stuff… Do you think about who might have or will be getting fired when you start a new job…

  • lakershater13

    Daniels straight up for Cavs Anthony Parker? Both expiring contracts. What do the cavs have to lose?

    • Tos

      Um that would make zero sense for the cavs.

  • jack

    Is it possible to send someone down to the d-league, and then have an available roster spot? If we could get murphy and rip and just send Avery and luke down to the d-league? It doesn't seem quite right, but I heard someone say you could…

  • I_Love_Green

    I would throw a party if we got Hamilton. Him coming off the bench for us would be a dream come true.

    But the more likely one, Murphy, I'm iffy on. He does provide shooting, and rebounding, but his defense as you mentioned is awful. A small lineup of him + KG could work, or Murphy + Perk would work, but I don't think any other combo would work defensively.

  • Scott

    Considering we hav interest in Anthony Parker, and Ramon sessions (if you check over on ESPN and Peter May's article) – why not get em both?

    I LIKE this.

  • 1234567

    Celtics should try to make a deal involving Hamilton & McGrady.

  • aasasad

    get anthony parker OR RICHARD HAMILTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! marquis daniels is out for whole season anyways and no1 knows if he will come back full strength.. SOO THE CELTICS NEED TO MAKE A MOVE NOW!!!

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