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Report: Troy Murphy To Sign With Celtics

Troy Murphy (AP Photo)

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″).

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2 comments for “Report: Troy Murphy To Sign With Celtics”

  1. Tailor-made. Luckily they ditched Scal-angody already, otherwise they would have been tip-toeing on the line of mid-80s C’s rosters re: WGF (White Guy Factor). Somewhere Brad Lohaus grins in the general direction of Fred Roberts, as Conner Henry shoots them both a text…lefty, from the corner, of course.

    Posted by flems | March 1, 2011, 1:48 pm
  2. And don’t forget they traded their other two white guys (Semih Erden and Luke Harangody)…so this team could have had four white guys if Danny made some different moves to clear roster space.

    Posted by KC Downey | March 2, 2011, 1:39 am

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