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At the trade deadline, the Celtics traded Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to the Cavs for just a second round pick, and traded Marquis Daniels to the Kings for cash. This gave the team three open roster spots, allowing GM Danny Ainge to sign any veteran free agent bought out by Tuesday’s deadline.
The Golden State Warriors reportedly agreed to a buyout with one of those players, Troy Murphy, on Sunday night. Murphy is expected to be bought out for less than what he was owed for the rest of the season, but he will likely earn 100% of his remaining salary ($11.9 million) when he signs for the veteran minimum with another NBA team. Basically, the move will save the Warriors $275,000, according to the San Jose Mercury’s Tim Kawakami.
Now, Murphy is expected to sign with either Miami or Boston. Both teams could use a player of his size (6’11″), who can rebound (five seasons averaging at least 10 rebounds per game) and hit long-range shots (career 39% from beyond the arc).
The Celtics may also be interested in signing Leon Powe, while the Heat have expressed interest in Wizards guard Mike Bibby (if he can secure a buyout).
Other players that could be bought out by Tuesday’s deadline include Kings center Samuel Dalembert, and 76ers three-point specialist Jason Kapono.