The Golden State Warriors acquired forward/center Troy Murphy sending center Dan Gradzuric and forward Brandon Wright, and thier expiring contracts, to the New Jersey Nets in return for Murphy’s expiring contract and a second round draft pick.
The expectation was that the Warriors would then buy out Murphy making him a free agent allowing him to sign with any team. Well, according to Marc Sprears of Yahoo, Murphy is still a member of the team and there is a possibility he could remain with the Warriors as they make a run for a playoff spot.
We are coming down to the wire on this one as players would need to be waived by March 1st in order to be eligible for the playoff roster.
The reluctance of Golden State to waive Murphy is starting to make Boston fans quite nervous here in the Bay State, Murphy’s skill set is good enough to help make fans forget about trading fan favorite Kendrick Perkins. The expectation was that Murphy would be waived and would land in Boston helping the C’s make another run at the title.
There is also a possibility that Troy Murphy might not sign with the Celtics, another possible landing spot would be Miami as they are even more desperate for an inside/outside presence.
If Murphy does not land in Boston, the Celtics would rely on Shaquille O’Neal and newly acquired center Nenad Krstic to play the five spot.
This could be an interesting few days for the Celtics, we trust that team president Danny Ainge had a plan to this and hopefully, it plays out as expected. Forwards Leon Powe and Rasheed Wallace are also possibly candidates to fill out the roster, but would not have the impact that Murphy would.