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Troy Murphy agrees to buyout with Warriors; looks Boston bound

Feb 28, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT


Everyone expected Troy Murphy to be bought out. Sure, rumors floated around about the Warriors keeping him, but that was more negotiating tactic than reality.

The Warriors and Murphy reached a buyout deal Sunday, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News broke the story). Once he clears waivers Murphy will be a free agent (and he will clear waivers, nobody wants to pick up that contract).

Then he is likely headed to Boston, Blakely said.

While it’s not a done deal that Murphy will be a Celtic, all indications are pointing in that direction…. The only other team that’s currently a serious contender for Murphy, is the Miami Heat. A league source said the New York Knicks might make a last-minute run at him as well…. Miami has 15 players with guaranteed contracts, which means a player has to waived.

The Celtics have roster spots open, which is basically why Semih Erden and Luke Harangody were shipped out at the trade deadline.

Murphy would give the Celtics a classic stretch four, a 6’10” guy who has to be covered at the three-point line. The Celtics need healthy bodies up front with Kendrick Perkins traded (he was injured right now anyway), Shaquille O’Neal out with an Achilles injury the last nine games, Jermaine O’Neal still recovering from knee surgery and probably every Celtic fan over 6’9” having a leg injury too because it’s just been that kind of season. Of course, what really matters is all those players be ready come the playoffs. That’s when they are most needed.

  1. indianaraiderfan - Feb 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    I love how people talk about Shaq’s ”injuries.” Just a theory, but I don’t think the guy has EVER been injured. At least not serious enough to miss all the regular season games he’s missed. I’d say more bumps, bruises and fatigue concerns than injuries. He never misses playoff games, the only “issues” with Shaq come playoff time in recent years are how he will fit as far as chemistry is concerned. With Boston, it will not be an issue like it was after his late season “break” with the Cavs last year. This is because Cleveland needed him to be a 2nd or 3rd option, Boston doesn’t.

    I’m not knocking him for it. I think it’s a smart move so to rest him about half the season so he doesn’t get a REAL injury. A body that big that has been deep in the playoffs almost every year of his career has more miles on than most. Especially considering how much more physical the playoffs are than the regular season. Also considering, in comparison to other players in the league, the beating he’s taken over the years.

  2. passerby23 - Feb 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Another theory is that Shaq doesn’t (or didn’t) put in the offseason conditioning to prepare his body for the rigors of a long season. When you don’t do that, injuries happen. Kobe notoriously criticized Shaq for not showing up in shape for training camps. Of course, that big body has been around for a long time now and can only take so much.

    I do agree with you about the extent of his “injuries.” It would be nice to see him suit up soon and just give them 10 minutes a night.

    On another note, I’m liking the Troy Murphy pick-up if it happens. Murphy rebounds the ball well and the stretch ‘4’ could be a headache for a lot of teams.

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