HoopsHype Troy Murphy rumors

February 28, 2011 Updates

Tim Kawakami: Boston and Miami are clear front-runners for Murphy--both are actively campaigning, also motivated to block each other. Twitter

Marc Stein: Word is Lakes have NOT called for Murphy. I'm told Knicks NOT in hunt, either. I'd give Boston an edge ... except Heat making hard push now Twitter

As insisted by Warriors owner Joe Lacob, one source said, Murphy agreed to sign only with an Eastern Conference team. (Portland is one Western team that showed interest.) San Jose Mercury-News

The Warriors have reached a buy-out agreement with Troy Murphy that will pay him less than 100% of his remaining salary, according to multiple sources. Murphy had to be waived before Tuesday to remain eligible for a playoff roster on a new team. San Jose Mercury-News

February 26, 2011 Updates

The basketball operations staff is keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and seeing which players are bought out by March 1 (the deadline for players to be free from their old clubs so they can be eligible for the playoffs with a new team). According to sources, the Celtics are hoping the talk of Troy Murphy being available comes true. They are said to have interest also in Dan Gadzuric, Sasha Pavlovic and Jason Kapono. Boston Herald

Meanwhile, Boston will continue to monitor the buyouts going on around the league with eyes toward adding as many as two more players with its available roster spots. All eyes seem to be on Troy Murphy, the sharpshooting big man who was traded to Golden State this week and could wind up available. The Cavaliers waived old friend Leon Powe, and the Celtics could add some beef up front if they desired another undersized power forward (but there seems little reason to rush into that). Boston's antenna will be up on wings like Philadelphia's Jason Kapono, who would add even more depth at that swingman spot (and a 3-point threat). Everyone's watching the volatile situation in Detroit to see whether the likes of Rip Hamilton hit the open market. ESPN.com

I've been told Troy Murphy is headed (to Boston) way and I could see Leon Powe winding up back there, too, after buyouts. ESPN.com

Murphy is expected to still push for a buyout. If he’s able to negotiate one, the Celtics will push hard to sign him. The Knicks, Lakers and Heat are also expected to have interest. Yahoo! Sports

February 25, 2011 Updates

@warriors haven't waived big man Troy Murphy yet and source tells Y! there are a "lot of considerations" now. Translation? Maybe he stays. Twitter

February 24, 2011 Updates

We mentioned Troy Murphy as an option, but it appears Murph, despite living in New York City in the offseason, has his sights set on going to a championship contender such as the Celtics (what was up with that Kendrick Perkins trade?), the Heat or the Magic. It's unfortunate, because Murphy would get a ton of open looks from the corner three in D'Antoni's system and he would provide some much-needed rebounding. He doesn't bring much on defense, however. Newsday

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