Troy Murphy has officially been bought out by the Golden State Warriors, but that move came with a condition. Murphy is not allowed to sign with a team in the Western Conference once he clears waivers on Wednesday.
That move by the Warriors was basically a way to block the Los Angeles Lakers from signing the 6’11 forward. Reports now say that Murphy will sign with either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat. Apparently the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic are not options for him.
One would have to believe that Murphy is headed to Miami, as the team needs depth, especially up front, and could use some 3-point shooting to boot. While he’d likely find more immediate playing time in Boston, the feeling on this one is that he’ll be headed to Miami.
Apparently the Warriors tried to trade Murphy shortly after acquiring him from the New Jersey Nets. Golden State was deep into discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers concerning a swap of Murphy for Antawn Jamison and a draft pick. Obviously that didn’t happen.
Now that Murphy is likely headed for South Beach, the Heat will have to clear some room on the roster for him as Miami has a full 15-man roster. The candidates to be released are Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire and Dexter Pittman.
We’ll hear more about this by Wednesday when Murphy finally clears waivers.