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Troy Murphy, assuming he passes through waivers, has reportedly decided to sign with the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The 6-11 Murphy is having a down year, as most of his value was as an $11.9 million expiring contract, and not a player this year for New Jersey or Golden State. Over his career, however, Murphy has proved to be a viable scoring option down low and from beyond the arc, and he’s a more-than-capable rebounder, too. He’s averaged at least 10 rebounds per game five times during his career, most recently in 2009-10 with Indiana.
Stein says the Celtics see Murphy as this year’s P.J. Brown, who signed during the team’s 2008 championship season and played a pivotal role in the playoffs. Murphy has 639 career games under his belt but has never played a playoff game
Murphy nearly decided to sign with the Heat, who just plucked point guard Mike Bibby off waivers to full a huge need at the point and were looking for some help up front. Miami’s Udonis Haslem is out for a while due to a foot injury, and are extremely thin up front, which could hurt them in the playoffs.
The Celtics are also rumored to be interested in Leon Powe and could make a run for the recently bought-out Corey Brewer, a plus defender with good size for a 2 or 3 (6’9″).