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Nets F Troy Murphy requests trade

Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:17 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 9:18 pm
New Jersey Nets forward Troy Murphy has requested a trade according to Nets GM Billy King. Posted by Ben Golliver. troy-murphy

It's one of the oldest and best tricks in the book: Wait until there's really big bad news that you're forced to deliver, and then provide all the rest of the bad news along with it. Even young children are masters of this tactic: Waiting to reveal a poor grade on a test until after their parents are already ticked off that they threw a rock through a window, for example. 

Such is life for the New Jersey Nets, who early Wednesday withdrew from the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations, removing any short-team hope that their fanbase had for salvaging another dreary season. Nearly lost, but not quite, in the storm of Anthony news, was a Sports Illustrated report that Nets GM Billy King publicly acknowledged that disgruntled power forward Troy Murphy has requested a trade.
Troy Murphy has requested a trade, Nets GM Billy King says. Murphy will be allowed to stay away from the team until they can deal him. King also confirmed the obvious at his press conference: Any deal with Detroit is now dead, too.
The proposed trade with the Pistons would have sent Murphy to Detroit for guard Richard Hamilton, a precursor to the trade with Denver that would have landed Anthony in New Jersey. As Hamilton's contract is fully guaranteed through the end of next season and his production has fallen off considerably, New Jersey has no reason to take on his contract now that they're set to enter a full-scale rebuild without Anthony in the picture.

2010-2011 has been a tough year for Murphy, as a back injury limited him early on and he never seemed to appeal to new Nets coach Avery Johnson. He hasn't started since Nov. 9 and hasn't appeared in a game since Jan. 7. An offensively-skilled and versatile stretch forward acquired from the Indiana Pacers in a trade that sent Courtney Lee to Houston, Murphy may or may not get his trade wish granted.

With their season already in ruins, whether or not Murphy is content and/or productive is a non-factor for the Nets, simplifying this situation significantly. New Jersey doesn't need to worry about him being a distraction or not playing hard. Cast him away. Who cares. Nobody. Every minute he doesn't play is another minute for rookie forward and top 2010 draft pick Derrick Favors.

The worst case scenario for New Jersey with Murphy has always been to simply allow his expiring contract run out at the end of this season. Murphy's $11.97 million cap number -- he's the team's highest-paid player -- would come off this summer, giving New Jersey plenty of room to pursue a top-tier free agent or multiple targets. 

The pre-deadline market for expiring contracts is unclear right now, as everyone was sitting around and waiting for the Anthony trade to kickoff the player movement season. If New Jersey can dump Murphy for a rotation player, they would certainly do it, but simply waiting out the duration of his deal would also have its advantages. Unlike with Anthony, the Nets hold all the cards here. Not that they're great cards to hold, but it's a microscopic consolation after a tough day.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:00 pm

Nets F Troy Murphy requests trade

The reason why he's on the bench is because he's a 6-11" power forward who can't defend and likes to shoot jumpers.  I'm sorry but he's not Dirk Nowitzki.  The only reason the Nets agreed to accept him from the Pacers was because of his expiring contract which they believed they could use to get Carmelo Anthony or another young star.  However since that deal has fell apart he's no longer in their plans for that deal, It's not personal it's business.  Troy is fine he'll land on his feet and will be okay especially with $11 million dollars that he'll earn this year!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:33 pm

Nets F Troy Murphy requests trade

Murphy may have reason to be upset but with 11 million coming in this year, suck it up! The only way he should be sitting out is if it is unpaid.

Too many of today's players are demanding trades, demanding this and that. Murphy has an expiring contract so in a few monthe he is free to go wherever he pleases. With the Nets not going to the playoffs he is guaranteed a long break this summer as well.

Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

And if you don't like your playing time- meet with management. Talk about what it will take to get you on the court. I suspect the Nets are looking to the future and giving minutes to the young players who will be with them long term.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:44 am

Nets F Troy Murphy requests trade

One of the reason the Nets are losing is because they have somebody like Murphy who is a double double player but yet sits on the bench for the Nets. Someone with the talent like Murphy would be a starter on any team but the Nets, unbelievable.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:37 am

Nets F Troy Murphy requests trade

Hard to believe the Nets, with their talent level, could never find minutes for a guy that averaged a double double five times in his career including each of the last two years.

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