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Buyout Watch: Mike Bibby, Troy Murphy, Leon Powe all Possibilities, Rasual Butler to Chicago?

Hayes got you caught up on the latest with Troy Murphy earlier this morning, so here’s a roundup of the latest rumors around the league and the chance they’ll join one of the open roster spots on the Boston Celtics.

Mike Bibby: The guy has a year left on his deal, but that hasn’t stopped him from seeking a buyout according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

“Bibby has shot just 1-for-9 in two games with the Wizards, but there is a chance — albeit slim — that he may not be around much longer. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Bibby’s agent, David Falk, plans to meet with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld on Monday to discuss a possible buyout. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. The two sides have had preliminary discussions, according to two league sources, but no formal proposals have been made. Bibby makes $5.8 million this season and is on the books for $6.4 million next season. Bibby would have to sacrifice a lot of money and get waived by Tuesday in order to be eligible to join a playoff team this season. Portland, Miami and Boston are reportedly interested in signing Bibby if he can reach an agreement. Grunfeld has said he wouldn’t close the door on any situation as it relates to a buyout. According to a league source, the Wizards tried to move Bibby again, almost immediately after acquiring him from the Hawks, but were unable to get anything done before the trade deadline.”

Bibby is still a strong three-point shooter, so he could certainly of use in spot situations off the bench, but with Delonte West looking good at point, I’d say the chance of Bibby coming into town to be cheered on by the “Bandwagon fans” around here is slim at best. Still worth monitoring. 

Leon Powe: Suitors are lining up for the power forward according to Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse:

“Add New Orleans to the list of teams being considered by forward Leon Powe, if he clears waivers on Tuesday morning. Powe’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, confirmed in an interview with FanHouse on Sunday the Hornets have entered the mix to land Powe, waived Thursday by Cleveland. In addition to the Hornets, Goodwin said he’s also had preliminary conversations with Boston, New York and Memphis, teams previously identified as candidates. “New Orleans is a good young team that has a good chance to go to the playoffs,” Goodwin said of why the Hornets appeal to Powe. “He would have a chance to play there.”’

Goodwin explains the situation pretty well there. Unlike someone like Murphy, Powe’s sole motivator here just can’t be a shot at a ring, he has to find a place where he has a real chance at playing, something he hasn’t done much of this year, in order to earn a contract for next year. As nice as it would be to have him back in Boston, along with his post play and rebounding, it’s no sure thing in my eyes, especially if Murphy comes to town. Minutes would be a tough thing to come by at that point for Leon in a crowded frontcourt. My best guess is we get Murphy or Powe, but not both. Murphy is clearly priority number one however, thanks to his rebounding and range.

Rasual Butler: Ric Bucher of ESPN.com is reporting that the small forward is heading to Chicago, where as Marc Spears said they are just one of a few options for the outside shooter. Here’s Bucher’s report:

“The Los Angeles Clippers have bought out Rasual Butler, and he plans to sign with the Chicago Bulls, a league source told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher. Butler must clear waivers before he can sign with the Bulls. Butler had the best scoring season of his career in 2009-10, averaging 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. This season he’s averaged 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds.”

We should know more on this situation as well later today, but with the trades Thursday, Boston’s use for Butler and possible playing time for the 30-year-old decreased substantially. He gets a better opportunity if he goes to Chicago.

  • Guest

    Phew, that was scary for a while… Looks like Murphy is finally gonna make his way here (or to Utah). Miami loosing to the Knicks last night shouldn't be undervalued. I think players realize Boston is much closer to winning the East than Miami is. That gives leverage to us in signing the top guys.

    It looks like Maurice Evans wont' be bought out… which is a bummer in my opinion. Just a solid player. Solid.

    We can't sign Bibby right? After Perk and him mix words a few years ago and Perk defended Boston fans… we can't trade him away AND sign Mike Bibby… If that happens I might have to write to my congressman.

    Kelenna Azubuike might get bought out by the Knicks. He's coming back from injury which is obviously the last thing we need right now but for the 15th spot on our team? Career 40% shooter who could fill it up before his injury…albeit for Golden State… but not particularly injury prone just this one bad injury. He's definitely better than Jason Kapono who's NOTHING but a 3pt shooter.

  • Guest
  • Guest

    This one actually is a bit better:

    Point is, I think he's worth a look at for the final third of the season. Him and Wafer are similar guys frankly… and Wafer's really been coming along on both ends of the floor. But again, for the bottom slot? Worth the spot.

  • Jamie

    I watched Bibby play for the Wiz the other night. He's done. He has no speed, cannot keep anyone in front of him, and his shooting numbers this year are bad. I think Bibby would be a big mistake.

  • KBA

    NOOO TO BIBBy!! remember he was dissing Rondo in the first round of the 2008 playoffs only to get schooled. I remember going to one of the games (I think game 2) and the crowd yelling "Rondo's better". Good times!!

  • talesofJP

    no real use for Bibby, he doesn't have much left. Our top target should be Murphy. Not sure who else is even out on the Celtics Radar. If we did get Bibby it wouldn't be for playoff minutes, it would be for giving Rondo a little more rest prior to the playoffs



    • Tom W

      Nobody has said anything about Ainge so far in this comment section…

  • kricky

    Of all these guys Murphy is the only one that I see could get significant playing time, so he's the most important signing. The other guys would just be there for depth on the bench.

    From an emotional and team morale standpoint it would be nice to get Leon back. But I can understand that another situation may be better for his career. You have to feel for the guy with all the adversity he's been through.

    • talesofJP

      I think they need to make some other signings though, get depth, lessen starters minutes heading into the playoffs and maybe even use up some fouls in the playoffs if necessary. Danny's job isn't done yet this year.

  • Jamie

    Bibby has been bought out. Reports are Celtics are interested.

    • NHBluesMan

      if anything, i hope they sign him just to keep him away from Miami, haha

      i really hate Bibby, but having him give Rondo a rest for afew minutes a game would be ok i guess… as long as he promises to take back his bandwagon fans comments

  • Ethan

    I think Troy Murphy and Rip Hamilton (if he agrees to a buyout) are the logical choices for the last two spots.

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