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After years of working to keep up his scoring average, Murphy has become obsessed with his grade-point average. He took four classes last semester — Organizing Innovation, Societal Adaptations to Terrorism, Introduction to Islamic Civilization, and Spanish — and compiled a 3.80 G.P.A. He made the dean’s list. Professional athletes often struggle to find focus and purpose after their playing days, after the constant external validation has dissipated. Becoming a full-time undergraduate student at an Ivy League university, then, has given Murphy a means to concentrate his considerable competitive energy. “For me it was: I’m going to prove I can beat this guy. I’m going to shut him down or outscore him or outrebound him,” he said. “Now, you have these professors who are some of the best, and you want to test yourself. You want to prove you can get an A in the class.” New York Times

But Murphy always wanted to complete his formal education. His parents are retired schoolteachers. He attended Delbarton, a prestigious high school in Morristown, N.J., where his grades rivaled his athletic prowess. “I think it was ingrained in him, and he took a lot of pride in his academic ability,” said Dan Whalen, his high school basketball coach. “His grades were very good, his SATs were very good, and he was a very good student, in addition to being a top, top basketball player.” New York Times

Murphy, who is not married and does not have children, rarely plays basketball anymore and has not had much time to watch the N.B.A. But he did attend two Columbia home games this season, and he has gotten to know some of the players through shared classes. They are some of the only students who have recognized him. Steve Frankoski, 24, a guard from Florham Park, N.J., recalled his first encounter with Murphy. “I was coming out of class one time,” he said. “I saw him. I saw this massive dude. I was like, ‘That looks like someone I know.’ And it was him, so I said, ‘Yo, Murph!’ He turned around and was like, ‘Yo, yo.’ He’s from Jersey, and I’m from Jersey, so I said, ‘Jersey!’ ” New York Times

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A Mavericks source confirms that the team has reached verbal agreement on a one-year contract with 32-year-old forward Troy Murphy. Murphy is scheduled to have a physical today. If he passes, he will join the roster in time for Saturday’s home opener against Charlotte. Dallas Morning News

With the Dallas Mavericks close to signing power forward Troy Murphy to a one-year deal, center Eddy Curry will be released, according to a source. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The reason Curry would be released, according to the source, is because center Chris Kaman is expected to back ready to play in Saturday's home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. It's also because power forward Dirk Nowitzki is still about a month away from returning to the court, and Murphy spends as much time on the perimeter as Nowitzki. In other words, the Mavs have a much stronger need right now for a power forward who can stretch the court (Murphy) than a center of Curry's ilk. Murphy, however, still has to pass his physical with the Mavs. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Mavericks are at the NBA roster limit of 15, so a player must be waived or traded to open a roster spot for Murphy. With center Chris Kaman tentatively scheduled to return from a calf injury _ and Dirk Nowitzki out at least a few more weeks from arthroscopic knee surgery _ the Mavs’ greater need is at power forward. That would appear to make recently added center Eddy Curry the odd Maverick out. The Mavericks have shopped third-year guard Dominique Jones, but haven’t found a taker. Dallas Morning News

With Chris Kaman soon to return from a calf injury, sources said, Dallas decided that it needed more of a stretch power forward like Murphy as cover for Dirk Nowitzki than another back-to-the-basket player. Curry, whom the Mavs claimed off waivers the day before the preseason finale, had nine points and four rebounds during the Dallas' 1-1 season-opening road trip. He played a significant role in the Mavs' win over the Lakers, scoring seven points and grabbing four rebounds in 17 minutes. The Mavs have agreed to a one-year deal with Murphy, pending him passing a physical. ESPN.com

Alex Kennedy: Teams want Kenyon Martin, but he won't sign for the minimum. That's why someone like Troy Murphy just got signed while Martin sits at home. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Free agent forward Troy Murphy has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Dallas is working to clear a roster spot to sign Murphy. The Mavericks, at the league limit of 15 players, have been unsuccessfully shopping third-year guard Dominique Jones. Murphy, 32, played a sparing role in 59 games for the Los Angeles Lakers a season ago, but he's still a capable perimeter shooter. Once considered one of the league's elite perimeter shooting forwards, the 6-foot-11 Murphy has bounced around several teams in the past three years, including the Lakers, Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. Yahoo! Sports

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