HoopsHype Troy Murphy rumors

March 14, 2011 Updates
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Troy Murphy had a difficult decision yesterday, with the prospect of signing with one of the two best teams in the Eastern Conference. Ultimately, though, the Celtics had the right mix of experience and surrounding talent for the veteran power forward. “Troy is relieved to have this decision behind him, and is incredibly happy to become a Celtic,” his agent, Dan Fegan, said this afternoon while confirming Murphy’s decision to pick the Celtics over Miami. “It was a super-close decision, because he had to choose between two great organizations and two great teams.” Boston Herald

Some players are strictly jet-setters. But Troy Murphy, who expects to clear waivers at 2 p.m. tomorrow, has decided to pack up and actually drive from his home in New Jersey to Boston. The drive will also give the 6-foot-11 power forward/center a chance to relax and contemplate one of the toughest choices of his career, deciding to join the Celtics instead of the Heat. “It was a tough choice,” he said tonight. “Both are great franchises that do things the right way. But I have always followed the Celtics, and I had hoped to get picked by them (in 2001). But Joe Johnson (at No. 10) was a great pick, and I guess they were going with potential when they took (Kedrick Brown at No. 11).” Boston Herald

March 1, 2011 Updates

Marc J. Spears: The Celtics will announce the signing of Troy Murphy tomorrow after he clears waivers. BOS attracted to his outside shooting and rebounding. Twitter

Highly coveted free agent Troy Murphy is signing with the Boston Celtics. Murphy told ESPN.com via e-mail that he has chosen to join the Celtics after spending much of the past 48 hours agonizing between Boston and the Miami Heat since reaching buyout terms with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. ESPN.com

Murphy also received recruiting pitches this week from Portland, New York and Orlando, sources said, but the 6-foot-10 forward was always determined to sign with a top contender in anticipation of making the first deep playoff run of his career. Murphy has played in more games (639) than any other active player without appearing in the playoffs. The East's top two teams chased Murphy hard, seeing him as this season's P.J. Brown in terms of difference-making big men. Boston will now hope that Murphy's perimeter touch and proven ability to rebound can fortify their frontcourt rotation like Brown did when he joined the Celtics midway through the 2007-08 season. Brown contributed greatly during Boston's championship run in the first season together for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. ESPN.com

A. Sherrod Blakely: League source confirms Marc Stein report that Troy Murphy will sign with the #Celtics and not the #Heat. Twitter

Marc J. Spears: Free agent forward-center Troy Murphy has agreed to sign with the Heat, sources tell Y! Sports. Murphy also turned down Celtics. Twitter

Miami president Pat Riley and Boston general manager Danny Ainge planned to make recruiting pitches to Troy Murphy on Monday night, and the free agent will soon choose between the Eastern Conference rivals, a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “He’s still torn,” a source close to the process said Monday night. Yahoo! Sports

The source also said Miami is the front-runner for Troy Murphy. The Heat will have to cut as many players as they sign, and the source said Carlos Arroyo and Jamaal Magloire are the likeliest candidates. However, Falk, who doesn't represent Murphy, maintained that nothing has been agreed to. "I've been in touch with six or seven of the top teams," he said. "Nothing can be done until he clears waivers." ESPN.com

February 28, 2011 Updates

The source also said Miami is the front-runner for Troy Murphy. The Heat will have to cut as many players as they sign, and the source said Carlos Arroyo and Jamaal Magloire are the likeliest candidates. However, Falk, who doesn't represent Murphy, maintained that nothing has been agreed to. "I've been in touch with six or seven of the top teams," he said. "Nothing can be done until he clears waivers." ESPN.com

Who is going to be the biggest name to be bought out and where are they heading? Chris Sheridan: Colleague Marc Stein has already reported the buyout news for the biggest name out there, Troy Murphy, and the next guy to watch for is Mike Bibby, who would move into the starting job and who can hit 3s (unlike C.Arroyo and M.Chalmers, the players Miami has used there to date). Rasual Butler got waived today by the Clippers, and shooters are always in demand. ESPN.com

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