Tag:Troy Murphy
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 6:59 pm

Lakers sign Murphy, Kings claim Outlaw

By Matt Moore

The Los Angeles Laker s signed forward Troy Murphy Saturday to bolster their frontcourt bench left weakened by the trade of Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. Murphy, 31, was bought out by the Nets last spring and signed with the Boston Celtics in what was thought at the time to be a shrewd move to potentially put the Celtics over the championship hump. Instead, Murphy underperformed and played limited minutes due to injury, and played just one game for three minutes in the postseason. 

If healthy, Murphy could help the Lakers as a do-it-all veteran with savvy. If out of his depth and still hampered by injuries, he is unlikely to make much of an impact even on a team facing significant problems past its starting front line.


The Sacramento Kings claimed forward Travis Outlaw off the amnesty wire Saturday. Outlaw had a massively disapponting first year in New Jersey after signing a five-year, $35 million contract in 2010. The Kings have faced a serious absence at the small forward position since trading Omri Casspi last spring. John Salmons can spend time there but is under-sized.

Under amnesty rules, the Kings were allowed to claim Outlaw because of their cap space (only teams with cap space can bid), and their bid will count against their cap while the remainder will be paid by New Jersey and will not count against their cap. Outlaw played significantly better in Portland and maybe a return to the west coast will improve his play. Outlaw had wrist surgery this summer but has been cleared for contact according to SI.com. 
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:42 pm

Celtics have a big problem

The Boston Celtics have prided themselves on being bullies inside. The Bulls showed that identity may be in danger of losing its muscle.
Posted by Matt Moore

The entire time you read this, just imagine a big Kendrick-Perkins-shaped shadow cast over it. The trade is done and over. But that doesn't mean the unspoken question isn't going to be about the trade of Perkins to Oklahoma City. This Celtics team will be compared to the 2008 championship and 2010 Eastern Conference championship teams, and those teams were known for their tough play inside, thanks in large part but not entirely to Perkins. That trade will hang over the franchise should they fail to bring home No. 18. For now though, the trade is over, and the Celtics have to deal with what they have and who they are. Just know that it's there. 

Against the Bulls Thursday night, the Celtics had the idea early. They moved Jermaine O'Neal into space, guarded by Carlos Boozer, and O'Neal converted. In the first quarter, the objective was clear. Boozer is the Bulls' weakest defender. That's where the Celtics need to hit them. But then, for the next two quarters, the Celtics moved away from it. They repeatedly went to unstable dribbles on ther perimeter, trying to find passing lanes through a defense that must have seemed very familiar for them, the hounding, relentless style. The result was turnover after turnover leading to fast break opportunities, especially for Derrick Rose who carved them into pieces. 

In the third quarter, when the Celtics closed the gap aggressively, they went to Kevin Garnett in space against Joakim Noah. Garnett worked Noah in the post, nailing a turnaround baseline J, then a face-up jumper from mid-range.

And that pretty much sums up the Celtics' efforts to score in the paint. 

More on Bulls-Celtics
The Celtics are used to being bullies. The bigger, tougher, rougher team. And against the Bulls, they should be. Instead, the Bulls used effort and execution to overcome any size differential, flummoxed and frustrated the Celtics, and dropped them like a bad habit. Look at the autopsy on the box score. Kevin Garnett was 3-9, thanks to Noah being active and help coming from all over. But the real culprit was Glen Davis, who repeatedly stopped the ball in favor of leaning fadeaway turnarounds and contested face-ups. Davis doesn't recognize his role in the offense, having too often been given the green light like some sort of novelty act that went on stage so long it thought it was part of the main show. 

Jermaine O'Neal, the biggest player the Celtics have active, played just 16 minutes and had no rebounds. But he was more active and physical, and wound up with two blocks. The Celtics will point out they were without Shaquille O'Neal, which is true, and O'Neal definitely would have made a difference. But the Celtics have to accept they can't rely on him. Either Nenad Krstic, Troy Murphy, or Jermaine O'Neal is going to have to step up, and if not, Kevin Garnett is going to have to put together a series of games we haven't seen since the middle of the 2000's. 

Which is still possible. The Celtics can turn it on when the second season comes. They did it last year. But the difference is that they look significantly different as that tough, brutal team that punished teams inside. Forget about the offense. Derrick Rose had an open invitation to the lane, and instead of winding up on the floor headed to the line, sore from a border-line flagrant, he swooped on through. That's not the Celtics we've come know. 

Derrick Rose put the finishing touches on his MVP season Thursday night. The question is if the game also served as a red flag that the Celtics' recent stumbles aren't a matter of effort and boredom, but legitimate issues with what they've come to pride themselves on. The Celtics have had a huge muscle advantage on the league for three years. The Bulls on Thursday showed that if you execute cleanly, the Celtics are no longer in a position to shove back. They have nine days to get that muscle back.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 5:06 pm

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

Posted by Royce Young

According to ESPN.com, recently bought out Troy Murphy will sign with the Boston Celtics.

Muprhy was traded from New Jersey to Golden State at the trade deadline, but was bought out by the Warriors Monday. It came down to the Heat and Celtics, but Murphy eventually chose Boston.

Initially there were conflicting reports on where Murphy was headed as Yahoo! Sports reported he signed with the Heat, but Murphy himself confirmed his signing with the Celtics to ESPN.com.

Funny that a guy that's only played in 18 games this season and is averaged less than four points per game was as highly coveted as Murphy. But he is a big body at 6-11 and really it came down to more of a game of chicken between the Heat and Celtics than anything else. The other didn't want the other to get him.

The Celtics eventually won out and are hoping that Murphy can add a boost to their now thin interior unit. After trading away Kendrick Perkins, Luke Harangody and Semih Erden, the Celtics were weakened inside. They're hoping Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal will bounce back from injuries, but obviously they feel the need for help now.

Other than having an extremely Boston sounding name, Murphy gives the Celtics a nice inside-out threat from power forward. He's a good 3-point shooter (career 39.1 percent from deep) and is just a season removed from averaging a double-double. While he found himself in Avery Johnson's doghouse in New Jersey, he really is a nice player.

The Celtics are hoping he can add a nice little boost the same way P.J. Brown did in 2007-08 when Brown signed late in the season for the playoff push. Like Brown, Murphy is a heady veteran that rebounds well and can hit a jumpshot. Except Murphy's range extends out to the 3-point line.

Muprhy will help, no doubt, but the best part about this deal is that Miami doesn't get him. The Heat wanted him badly as they're desperately searching for an extra scoring big as Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire and Erick Dampier have proved a bit unreliable. But the Celtics won the Murphy sweepstakes and got a little bit better as a result.
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 11:05 pm

Upside-Downside with the buyout free agents

The upsides and downsides of signing the top five buyout free agents. 
Posed by Matt Moore

Trade deadine season is over, which means it's buyout season. The crop this season is loaded with your usual batch of veterans able to provide help, especially as they're at a significant discount for the rest of the season and looking to join already well-loaded teams. There's always a significant cost to these players on the floor though. Here then are the upsides and downsides of the top five players available via buyout. 

Troy Murphy, PF : Murphy was a candidate last year for the big Cavs move that wound up being Antawn Jamison. Instead, he wound up being traded to New Jersey, dealing with significant back issues, getting jerked around by Avery Johnson (along with half the Nets' roster), and then having a long, lovely vacation. After finally being moved to the Warriors, he was freed, and the result is that he's the top free agent on the market. 

Upside: Murphy's biggest draw is that he's a do-it-all big. He shoots reliably from the field and from the 3-point line (39 percent on his career, 38 percent last season with Indiana). But versus most stretch-fours, he also rebounds, averaging 10 rebounds a game last season with a 17 percent rebound rate (that's decent). Basically, if the Celtics nab him, he becomes a perimeter scorer and a big who can rebound. He's a Swiss Army Knife at the power forward spot. Usually a buyout big is limited somewhere on the floor, but being able to rebound and shoot is a rare combination. He's also good on tip-ins at 51 percent off offensive rebounds.

Downside:  Defensively, though, there are concerns. Murphy gave up a 57 percent field goal percentage in the post last year, according to Synergy Sports. He's good on the pick-and-roll and in isolation, but in the post, he's got some concerns. Then again, if post defense was what the Celtics were worried about, they wouldn't have traded Kendrick Perkins. Meanwhile, his post offense is as bad as his defense. Quite simply don't put him in the block. That's a problem unless you have a good array of players to complement him. Which, you know, the Celtics do. That's why Murphy seems like such a no-brainer for Boston. 

Mike Bibby, PG: Bibby was the big trade acquisition for Atlanta. He was the guy brought in to put them at the next level. And he did that. But now he's been moved to the Wizards for Kirk Hinrich and, as a result, has been bought out. Once a star in Sacramento, Bibby's on the backside, but still brings something to the table. 

Upside: Bibby can still shoot. He shot 44 percent from the arc this season, and 39 percent last season with Atlanta. That's a skill in a point guard you want, especially if you're just looking for a point guard to come in and give the ball to two star wings like, oh, say, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Perhaps even better, though, Bibby rarely turns the ball over. He's a reliable, consistent, what-you-see-is-what-you-get point guard. He's no longer an elite player, but could be a difference maker on a team like the Heat

Downside: No defense. Cannot do it. Happens when you're 32 and undersized. Bibby averages .7 steals per game, and that's a bad stat to measure defense. Bibby can't stay in front of perimeter penetration, meaning more pressure on help defenders down low. 

Corey Brewer, G/F: How often does a 24-year-old wing who started last season wind up on the buyout market? When David Kahn's involved, that's when! Brewer wasn't going to get time in New York, because really, when you give up four players for two, you're not going to worry about depth at all. Nonetheless, Brewer's on the market. 

Upside: Brewer works as a complementary wing player. He can play in multiple lineups at multiple positions, and is athletic. An actual athletic wing in a buyout situation. Weird. A good team might be able to develop him and capitalize on what was a good 3-point shooter at one point in his career.

Downside: Well, Brewer's shooting 38 percent from the field this year, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 30 minutes per game. That's pretty terrible and there's no way around it. Plus he won't be in a situation focused on development, but trying to fit in with a veteran team trying to win a championship. That isn't ideal. The Spurs are the best fit, but if he struggles, he's going to have welts on his backside from the pine. 

Jared Jeffries, F: Jeffries was a poor fit in New York, left over from the Isiah era (shudder). But it turns out he's actually not a bad player overall, he just didn't fit into Houston's plans. So, once agian, he's available, and all of a sudden, contenders are interested. 

Upside: Jeffries is an active, competent defender with the ability to match up at multiple positions. He's 6-11 with good length, so he can be used to fit into multiple rotations off the bench. He's experienced (sensing a pattern yet), which teams are looking for and he's shown good activity as a part of a system. He averages 9.1 rebounds per 36 minutes which is nothing to ignore, either. And as opposed to the other options, Jeffries is still shy of 30 for a few months. 

Downside: Don't let him touch the basketball on offense. I don't mean: "he shouldn't shoot." I mean: "if you have to, you should look into some sort of shock collar to prevent him from shooting." Career 43 percent from the field, 25 percent from the perimeter. That's a pretty big liability offensively. He's never been a leader, and hasn't been part of a winner. Again, Isiah (shudder). 

Rasual Butler, GF: It's kind of surprising Butler's on the market. Butler's a fringe player, but it's not like the Clippers are loaded, and they've historically aimed for veterans despite needs to go young. But there he is, shopping as a guard in a market with high guard demand. 

Upside: Butler's a streak shooter. He can fill it up when he gets going, and doesn't struggle with the trigger. Set up as a well-spaced shooter, he could be very effective, provided his shot comes back. Because...

Downside: His shot's fallen off a cliff. Then it crashed into the canyon wall. Then it caught fire. Then exploded. Butler's a career 40 percent shooter, shooting 32 percent this season. So basically, he's a bad shooter most of the time, who's shooting even worse this season, doesn't rebound or pass well, and is 31. Get excited, Bulls fans! This is why you didn't go get O.J. Mayo (well, that and the Grizzlies didn't want Ronnie Brewer after giving up a first round pick for him last year then renouncing his right this summer, but that's a whole other thing). 

Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 1:54 pm

NBA post-trade deadline buyout and signing buzz

A roundup of all the latest buyout updates and signings from around the NBA after last week's trade deadline. Posted by Ben Golliver. trade-deadline

The blockbuster moves are out of the way now that the NBA's trade deadline has come and gone, but roster movement around the league continues as players are bought out or waived. This post will update throughout Monday with the latest updates on buyouts, waivings and signings. 

(Latest Buzz)  
  • Yahoo! Sports reports: "Troy Murphy has phone calls set with Pat Riley and Danny Ainge on Monday night, and source says 'still torn' between Miami and Boston." The site notes that a decision is expected "within the next 48 hours."
  • Guard Mike Bibby has reached a buyout agreement with the Washington Wizards and may be headed to the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports. Bibby was traded to the Wizards by the Atlanta Hawks last week.
  • The Miami Herald reports that Bibby-to-Miami isn't a done deal and that Bibby's agent, David Falk, says the the Boston Celtics and other are still in contention, calling the situation "really speculative at this point."
  • The New York Daily News reports that "there's a chance" Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman will be released, which opens up the possibility that the Knicks add Jeffries and an additional player. Releasing Balkman would come at a cost as his contract doesn't run out until 2012-2013.
  • HoopsWorld.com reports that the Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent big man Earl Barron to a 10-day contract. Barron had been linked to both the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.
  • NBA.com reports that the Charlotte Bobcats officially released Mo Peterson after acquiring him via trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 5:36 am

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Posted by Royce Young

After the trade deadline, comes the buyout deadline. The two really go hand-in-hand. A lot of teams trade for a player that don't want at all just so they can buy them out, open a roster spot and save some money.

It's like the circle of life in the NBA. So far three big names popped up over the weekend for potential buyouts, with a couple new landing spots too.

Rasual Butler to Chicago: The Clippers are trying to clean up some of the excess fat on the roster and they started by buying out forward Rasual Butler. According to ESPN.com, terms were reached Sunday for Butler to be bought out by the Clippers. He had a couple places mentioned for where he could go like Boston, Oklahoma City, Atlanta and New York, but it looks like he'll be inking with the Bulls.

The Bulls have been hunting wing help and while they went hard after O.J. Mayo, they came up short on getting him. Butler's not exactly the perfect piece or anything to get all excited about, but he is a veteran that can shoot and will likely make some sort of impact in the Chicago rotation. Last season he averaged he averaged 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds, This season his numbers have sunk to 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds and he's at 32.3 percent from 3.

Troy Murphy has Miami and Boston on target: Initially, it was assumed the Warriors would buy out Murphy as soon as they got him from New Jersey. But as the deadline approached, the Warriors saw an opportunity to get another pick out of the forward. That didn't happen so as originally expected, Murphy was bought out by Golden State.

A couple places have popped up as potential destinations for the left-handed power forward, but it appears to be down to Boston and Miami. New York was thought to be in the mix, but it doesn't appear the Knicks will pursue. The Celtics have been interested in Murphy since word of the buyout popped up, but the Heat are kind of a surprise contender for him.

Mike Bibby nearing a buyout:
It's not a certainty, but as the Washington Post reports, Bibby and his agent scheduled a meeting with the Wizards to discuss terms of a buyout. Bibby is an older veteran and likely has little interest in playing backup point guard on a lottery team. He was sent to Washington in a deal that brought the Hawks Kirk Hinrich.

The Wizards reportedly tried to trade Bibby, who will earn $5.56 million this season and $6.21 million next year, as soon as they acquired him. The only way Bibby is getting out of Washington though is if he takes a major paycut. Boston and Miami are both said to be interested in pursuing, but they'll likely only hand out the veteran minimum to Bibby. So if he wants to latch on to a playoff team, he'll have to settle for less. Way less.

Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:22 pm

Friday 5 with KB: The hard cost of business

Posted by Matt Moore 

In today's Friday 5 with KB: A favorite story from Jerry Sloan, the future of Utah, the choppy waters of this year's trade deadline, and when exactly are the Spurs going to hit double-digit losses?

1. Well... that trade deadline was beyond all reason. What was the most stunning moment for you in the midst of all the chaos of the past 72-96 hours?

Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: Deron Williams to the Nets, hands down. Though there was some hint of trouble with our report during All-Star weekend that D-Will had begun hatching his escape-to-New York plan last summer, no one expected the Jazz to take the bold step of trading him in the next 72 hours. Stunning, and a small victory for teams and owners against the superstar power-play movement.

2. You talked a lot about the business side of the Celtics' decision to move Perkins. What does it say that a big market team with deep pockets was put into a position to be concerned about finances?

KB: It's not so much finances with the Celtics. In a no-cap system like baseball has, they never would have done this trade. They just would've kept Perk and paid him. But with all signs pointing to a hard cap, or at least a harder cap on the way, Boston couldn't afford to leave itself vulnerable to losing a 26-year-old, 6-10 center and getting nothing in return. And if you think about it, one of the players the Celtics got back, Jeff Green, was someone they drafted in 2007 and traded for Ray Allen. Getting Troy Murphy on a minimum deal after he's bought out also will help ease the pain. An underrated benefit of this deal for the Thunder is that Perk's Bird rights go with him in the trade. That is, if Bird rights survive in the new CBA.

3. Buyouts are going to be all the rage for the next two weeks. What are you hearing in terms of players who might be available for the contenders to sign?

KB: Besides Murphy, Jared Jeffries is going to the Knicks, while Darius Songaila and Jason Kapono could help a contender if they're bought out. Rip Hamilton was on the verge of getting bought out as part of a trade to the Cavs, but we know that didn't work out too well for him. I doubt Hamilton, with two years left on his deal, gets bought out now. Same for Marcus Camby for the same reason.

4. Is Mikhail Prokhorov in the top five of most entertaining owners, after this week?

KB: Top two. Prokhorov is on Cuban's level now. Between his stunning squashing of the Melo trade talks in January and his bold move to extract D-Will from Utah, Prokhorov served noticed that he's in this to go toe-to-toe with the Knicks. In a related story, spokesperson Ellen Pinchuk will not go down in the annals of disingenuous spokespeople, right there with Baghdad Bob.

5. How hard is the personal side of these trades for players? We're reading on Twitter players saying goodbye to each other, packing up their houses, their families. Is the cost of these moves high on a personal level?

KB: Harder than most people think. The common reaction is that no one should feel sorry for the players because they make so much money. But their kids don't care how much money their father makes, only that they won't see him for the rest of the season because he's been traded. Chauncey Billups is a prime example. He thought he was going home to finish his career in Colorado, only to have to tell his children he'll see them in May or June. Money is good, but nothing compares to family.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:53 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 2:36 am

Nets contemplating Plan B if Melo falls through

Nets talking deal with Portland to swap Harris, Miller, Murphy, Przybilla. 
Posted by Matt Moore
UPDATE 2:33 a.m. EST: Well, obviously the Nets did not get Melo, so now they're going to have to come up with an alternate plan. Harris is going to be extremely prevalent in trade rumors from now through the deadline as the Nets know they have to move him now while he has value. The Blazers are clearly looking to move Andre Miller and have had interest in Harris for months. This could be the next domino now that Melo is gone. We'll have more on what the Anthony trade means for Denver on the Eye on Basketball blog. 

The New Jersey Nets are making a move one way or another. If they get Carmelo Anthony, great, awesome, good for them. If they don't, it looks like they have a plan they're formulating, except, it doesn't necessarily reflect a clear plan of action.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Nets are in discussions with the Portland Trail Blazers for an advanced framework of the previously discussed deal for the two teams to swap point guards, with Andre Miller going to New Jersey and Devin Harris to Portland. Berger also reports that the deal includes Joely Przybilla going to New Jersey and Troy Muprhy. The Blazers would also get a pick.

The deal as constructed does not work under current terms financially, so there has to be another element in play. What's odd is that instead of Portland cutting costs, this saves New Jersey money if it goes through, $17.8 million worth, before the third element to make the deal work. But more confusing is why New Jersey is sending a pick, their best player, and their largest expiring for a set of expiring contracts? Bear in mind that the Oregonian reports that should Przybilla be traded, he'll immediately seek a buyout. This is a whole lot of money the Russian is looking to dump in the event Melo does not go through for the Nets.

Meanwhile, the Blazers would think use Murphy to swap with Golden State, according to the Record. 

Speaking of which, this does not mean that they've given up on the Melo deal, nor does it mean this is their only option. It's clear that one way or another, the New Jersey Nets' roster will not be the same Thursday night as it is right now, if Billy King has anything to say about it.  
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