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Celtics, Heat Are Frontrunners To Sign Troy Murphy

 

The current New Jersey Net Troy Murphy is expected to be dealt later today to the Golden State Warriors for a package consisting of Brandon Wright and Dan Gadzuric and a 2012 second round pick according to Yahoo! Sports’Adrian Wojnarowski.

Once the deal is completed, Murphy will be bought out for the remainder of his $12 million expiring contract this year and become a free agent. Woj announced in his initial report that Dallas, Orlando, Miami, and Boston would be all candidates for Murphy to sign with, but we got a positive update on a new list from Chris Mannix of SI.com this morning:

Boston and Miami are the frontrunners to sign soon to be free agent Troy Murphy, league sources tell SI

CH’s Analysis: A couple important questions as we can consider this latest development. First, for those wondering if the C’s need a guy like Murphy who played just 18 games for the Nets this year and was in Avery Johnson’s doghouse the entire time? Well, the answer is a resounding yes. Why? Murphy’s ability to rebound and spread the floor.

The 6-11 30-year-old is a 39.1 percent career shooter from downtown. He is shooting a putrid 17 percent in limited action, but hit 38 percent from deep last year in Indiana, so he hasn’t lost his touch that quickly, he just hasn’t had a chance to play. We all should realize how much Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge love bigs who spread the floor (a la Rasheed Wallace) but this guy is a much better pure shooter than Wallace ever was with a sweet lefty stroke.

If he signs with Boston, I relish the possibilities for Doc Rivers drawing up game winning plays with another legitimate option from downtown as a big. And for a team whose bench needs an offensive upgrade at the moment, you could do a lot worse than Murphy.

Murphy is also a terrific defensive rebounder, averaging a double-double for the last two years and coming in the top 10 in power forward rebounding rate as well. The guy can clean up the defensive glass and has the size to do it. The bad news? He’s very slow, unathletic, and subpar on the defensive end, which could be painful to watch for some C’s fans. Hopefully Kevin Garnett getting into his ear could change that.

The other big question however if the C’s are able to agree to terms with Murphy…..is who exactly do you cut from this roster?

The C’s, as we will know have a full 15 man squad, so the answer isn’t easy. Marquis Daniels’ is a clear possibility if he can’t come back, as the team could waive him/buy him out/trade him if Daniels allows them to. The C’s are likely still in the market for a swingman though, so they will need one more roster spot to open up if they want to bring in Murphy and a 3. A quick look at the possibilities to clear roster space:

Semih Erden: The Turkish rookie big man is battling a sore groin and looked out of sorts against Golden State last night, especially on the defensive end. However, he’s a prospect with size that’s signed on the cheap through next year, so cutting him probably won’t happen. An inclusion in a trade is possible but not probable. He will see his playing time dry up if Murphy arrives though.

Luke Harangody: One former Notre Dame star pushing another out of town? That would be the storyline here if Murphy arrives, as the smaller former Irish power forward would get the boot for the 6-11 Murphy. I still feel like Rivers likes Luke, who could be a regular rotation player someday perhaps, but Murphy does everything that Harangody does (shoot, rebound) but better. He’s also bigger. Harangody is signed through next year, so he may very well be dealt if Murphy is brought in to try to get a little value for him. He’s definitely the favorite to go though if they need to open a spot.

Nate Robinson: This guy could still be dealt and part of me thinks Doc was showcasing him a bit, playing him so much over Von Wafer against Golden State last night. He won’t be cut however with 4 million dollars being owed to him for next year as well.

Will Murphy Come Here?

That’s a big question. There’s no doubt he would help Miami a lot, but the minutes are available in Boston as well, especially if Perk’s injury lasts longer than we have anticipated. If Troy wants to play 20 minutes a game and get a ring, his best chance is right here, as opposed to the Heat where he will be another big that doesn’t play D around the hoop. The choice is his…..but how could he say no to the luck of the Irish?

  • -JACKAL-

    Erden and Harangody are too cheap and raw to be dropped. They tie up so little of the team's cash and have plenty of potential. Get rid of Nate, his fastbreak 3s are just atrocious.

  • skeeds

    wait, so we're shopping for an athletic defensive minded 3, and we're buying a slow, lousy defending 4? that's just weird.

    On the other hand, if all it costs (roster-wise) is Harangody why not.

    • Wes

      Possible that – depending on match-ups – a combo of Baby and West becomes the backup 3?

  • ryan

    If Murphy signs here and Harangody get waived I hope he somehow ends up in Maine (Celtics D-League Affiliate)

  • ego roots

    So we tried to trade for Corey Brewer before he went to the Knicks….?

  • John

    I agree with Skeeds. If it only costs Luke, fine. But, like he wrote, we need an athletic 3.

    BTW, Nate is awful. He, Rasheed, and Mikki – worst C's of Big 3 era. Mikki had no skills. Rasheed was detestable. Nate is a clown. Put Delonte as backup PG and Wafer as backup SG. Send Nate packing for anyone you can get.

  • hillcrestwildcat

    We need a 3 let him go to Dallas or SA just don't see it. Baby is not a backup 3.

  • kricky

    The reason you pick up Murphy is so that you can package Semi in a trade for a very good swing-man (battier, Parker) while maintaining some depth in the front court.

  • ElRoz

    "Perk injury" ? …I thought it was just a bruise?

    So is Boston going to move Nate right at a time when Delonte comes back? Well, ok…so it will be Delonte, VonWafer in the backcourt…so the team still needs a small forward then.
    Boston cannot give up Erden because all the centers are hurt or will get hurt again – guaranteed. And Erden is the worst out of the 4 center, but right now he is the only availbale! Sad.

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