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Report: Lakers to find salvation in Troy Murphy

Dec 17, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

Troy Murphy

The Lakers have had a downright disastrous offseason, and it only lasted a week. Jerry Buss was in the hospital. A trade for Chris Paul was blocked by the league. The fallout resulted in Lamar Odom being traded to Dallas for essentially nothing. They spent money on Jason Kapono. Kobe Bryant‘s wife is divorcing him. It has been about as disastrous as you can imagine.

But that’s all going to change, now!

Yahoo! Sports reports:

Troy Murphy has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Lakers, league source tells Y! Sports.Sat Dec 17 20:25:13 via UberSocial for BlackBerry

So Murphy’s a pro.

He was one of the more hyped players in the buyout market last year before signing with Boston. He had been struggling with injury, and continued to struggle with it. He finished averaging 3 points and 3 rebounds for the season. If healthy, he could help, theoretically. If nothing else, he’s another big to throw out for a very weak Lakers frontcourt bench. Maybe he can return to form and be a contributor for the team with all the attention on the other stars.

But it’s more likely this isn’t go to have much impact in slowing the negativity surrounding the Lakers this season so far.

  1. 973yenots - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Oh pitiful Lakers! How desperate!

  2. allball23 - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    The lakers have made some bad moves. Kobe is getting old he cant do it by himself. The clippers will be the best team in town in 2 years.

    • mytthor - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      What bad moves? Not anticipating the league screwing them in the CP trade? The odom thing wouldn’t have happened without that. That move couldn’t have been predicted by anyone.

    • 973yenots - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:03 PM

      Laker fans are in denial! Welcome to the other side!

    • chargerdillon - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      In 2 years you’re right the Clippers will be considered better. Until ALSO in 2 years, Chris Paul becomes a Laker and that point is moot.

  3. bparmalee - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    This isnt a bad move. Murphy can come off the bench and be a double double guy if he doesnt get dinged. Also if the Lakers do decide they have trade the whole team for Howard…. Murphy can space the floor for him.

    • 973yenots - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      Are you serious? A double double? When was the last time you heard his name and double double mentioned in the same sentence? And how often?

      • leib15 - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:54 AM

        Homes, he averages 11.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg for his career, so double double numbers aren’t much of a stretch. Besides for last season he was a constant double double guy.

      • genericcommenter - Dec 18, 2011 at 1:21 AM

        He’s AVERAGED a double double for 5 seasons, including 2009-2010- you know, the last time he really played. He’s been in top 7 in the NBA in rebounding 5 times and is even in the top 100 all-time in rebounds per game. Double figure scoring average every season expect last and rookie ( 17 minutes per game).

        How often? 39 double doubles in 2010 in 72 games played. So over half his games the last time he played much. Last double double- 04/09/2010. 49 double doubles in 2009. Had a 20/20 in August 2008. 19/21 Feb 2009.

      • 973yenots - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        Refrence to Leib15! That was early in his career What do he average now? Take your time!

      • leib15 - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        Yo, 973 I can’t respond to your comment below so I’ll respond here: his last full season, meaning let’s exclude last season for a second, Murphy averaged 12+ ppg and 9.7 rpg (actually one of his best seasons [’09-’10 season]). No one actually thinks he is the answer to the Lakers depth problem, but worse case scenario he is a big body with 6 fouls, best case scenario he is a big body with 6 fouls that grabs some rebounds and hits some threes.

  4. a185 - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    CP3 isn’t gonna wanna be a Laker in 2 years cause in 2 years Kobe Bryant wont be Kobe Bryant… he can wear the same number, yellow and purple jersey, sneakers, go by the same name and grow out the frow but it won’t matter… he’s already lost some speed, hops, defensive ability (that’s why they got World Peace). That’s not a man you wanna align yourself with… in 2 years CP3 will be 28 and with 30 looming will need to team up with a younger star and he just so happens to be on a team with a younger star. And they didn’t have to trade Odom just cause he cried about being traded to N.O. then demanded a trade… Kobe demanded a trade a few years ago so what. The Lakers have lost a lot and what they have is another year older and another year slower. They don’t have Phil Jackson, they’re bench is worse, it all started to fall apart when they lost their composure in the Dallas series.

  5. dalucks - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    I would rather them keep Lamar and get rid of guys like Luke Walton, Matt Barnes, Steve Blake and why sign Jason Kapano and Troy Murphy. I am starting to like the lookout more and more everyday.

    • luvsheat - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:11 AM

      Holy Sheott!!! finally someone says it!!! Theee only thing I can think of is if Odom demanded to be a starter again.

      But if that was the case all he had to do was wait out the dust cloud and see who would be next to him on the starting lineup.

      I, as well, as well as most fans would still like to know what ol’ jimmy boy is doing other than pleasing himself

  6. habibthomas - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    well…i guess it will be OKC in the Finals, or the Mavs again…

  7. namriverrat69 - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    At the very least he can tie Kobe’s shoes for him.

  8. progress2011 - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    Allball23….Forget 2 years…The Clips are the best team in L.A. right NOW !

    1. Bynum and those knocking knees will only be around 30 of the 60 games. Maybe !!!
    2. Gasol will be softer than he was last year. Pure Creme-puff
    3. Meta World Peace is barely a shadow of himself and can’t even dunk anymore…ahahaha
    4. D-fish is 100 years old. CP3 will surely make him break BOTH his ankles.
    5. Chauncey will keep kobe honest and force him to play both ends of the court, which makes kobe extremely tired. He will be chunking up bricks by the 4th plus thinking bout which plummer is visiting his ex-wife.

    This board is lacker central. So, I know I will get thumbs down on G.P. but in the words of season ticket holder Jack Nicholson……..YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH !!!


    • 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2011 at 4:58 AM

      I hate you for that post, but I got to give it to you, that last paragraph was pretty clever. It had me rollin’.

    • therealhtj - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      Until the Clippers remind you they’re the Clippers again and any of their 3 top stars go down with injuries and racist scumbag Sterling reminds the world why no talented players ever stay with the organization for long.

      2 years? That’s a hoot. Check your history books. The Clips have a good run about every 7-8 years. Make the playoffs and get some haters all excited. Then they’re lottery bound for another cycle. Clipper fans are the best. They’re like people who live in crappy parts of LA because they say Beverly Hills is overrated.

      I give them 2 months before they start imploding.

  9. luvsheat - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    WAY TO GO there jimmy boy!!! You aint your dad and have proven it…you will by years end blow the wheels off the Laker bus.

    But, you know? I lived a long time to see Al Davis die…how old are you again jimmy boy?

  10. 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    Yes! The answer to all my prayers has arrived, Troy Murphy is here to save the day!

    Okay, okay, that was a bit much, but this is really a fairly good signing. He may not be what he used to be, but if he’s fully healthy he should provide some good bench play. Plus, IMO he’s one of only a few guys in the L how can rebound as good as they hit the trey. (Dirk, Ryan Anderson. You can probably make a case for Lamar Odom but he doesn’t exactly put fear in the hearts of the defense when he’s behind the arc.)

    I’m happy. I’m just relieved we didn’t just pick up McBob and just left it at that. We’re still in a desperate need for a backup C cause I just don’t buy McBob or Murphy playing the 5 out west. But overall not bad. Good stuff.

  11. omniusprime - Dec 18, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Let’s not forget Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong it will and at the worst possible moment. Kupcake makes yet another bad move bringing in this injury prone big man with little talent. Sorry but Murphy is not Odom and he will disappoint us Laker fans. They’re still the best team in LA, the Clippers gave up too much for Paul and they’ll regret dismantling their team to get one player.

    • passerby23 - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      Disagree. Caron Butler comes off the books next season and free agents will be itching for an opportunity to play with Paul and Griffin. Clippers are set to make a push in the West.

  12. ragingmouse - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    ..”.just like waiting for a train wreck to occur”

  13. bigmike7914 - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Everyone is banking on Bynum being hurt, Gasol being soft, and kobe being old and decrepit when in actuality you have to wait for the games to be played what do the Clippers have that the NO Hornets didn’t have in previous years when CP3 was their he’s basically got the same team he’s always played with just a bigger city with brighter lights sure they’l throw alley oops and make all the highlights but without a marginal big man they’ll get ate alive , so go head with the wishful thinking but just like all the other years the Lakers are the best show in town and always will be it’s just the way it is…OAN, LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

  14. jizzojames - Dec 19, 2011 at 6:38 AM

    Hey try this for size: Gasol for Nash, Bynum + some other players and picks for Howard, yes Dwight Howard and the signing of Kris Humphries. Think it’ll work? Lmao, I don’t know why folks seem to think the Lakers, one of the smartest franchises in league history, is done. They don’t have 16 championship banners for nothing.

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