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Troy Murphy now torn between Heat, Celtics; Bibby Miami bound

Mar 1, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT


Just 24 hours ago Boston felt pretty good about getting some more help along their front line in the form of Troy Murphy, the veteran stretch four bought out by the Warriors.

Then Pat Riley and the Heat got involved.

Things are up in the air with a decision expected Tuesday, according to CSN New England’s A. Sherrod Blakely.

“[Murphy’s] camp did not believe the Miami Heat were going to create the kind of roster space to bring him aboard, because that would mean they would have to eat a guaranteed contract, which . . . it seemed like they weren’t willing to do,” said Blakely. “But that has changed.

“I think a reason for that is because they’ve played a few games and they’ve realized they really do need [someone] who can space the floor for LeBron James and Chris Bosh and those guys. So Miami is definitely back in play [for Murphy] . . . ”

Murphy reportedly spoke to Danny Ainge of the Celtics and Pat Riley of the Heat on Monday night, and may make a decision as early as Tuesday.

Murphy is still torn on the decision, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Miami is the frontrunner now for Murphy, according to Chris Broussard at ESPN.

Mike Bibby, however, continues to seem headed to the Heat once he clears waivers. That would bring another guy who, like Murphy, can hit the three and spread the floor for Miami. But the Heat already have Eddie House in that role and how much time Bibby would see on the court versus Carlos Arroyo remains to be seen.

But the Heat are searching hard for answers about their depth.

  1. hnirobert3 - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Never sleep on Riles.

  2. hnirobert3 - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    “But the Heat already have Eddie House in that role and how much time Bibby would see on the court versus Carlos Arroyo remains to be seen.”

    I like Arroyo much more than Chalmers, but he will be the sacrificial lamb to bring Bibby in while Magloire will be the one should Murphy choose the Heat. It SHOULD be Juwan Howard, but that probably won’t happen with Bibby and Howard sharing agents.

  3. bigtrav425 - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Sounds like Bibby is just going to try and ride some coat tails like Bosh and company are doing…..Murphy needs to go to Boston its the better fit for him i think

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      wouldn’t going to boston be jumping on coattails considering the heat are in disarray?

  4. connorchew - Mar 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    haha ^^ dissarray? they’re a good team.. that was such a stupid comment.

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