According to Chris Mannix, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are frontrunners to sign Troy Murphy when his contract gets bought out.
Would Murphy help the Celtics? It depends whether the Celtics would pick up his name or his game. By that, I mean: Is Troy Murphy still Troy Murphy? Is he still the double-double candidate who — even though he couldn’t keep my kitchen sink from scoring a hoop — spreads the floor and snatches rebounds like they’re Costco free samples? Or is he someone else, the player who couldn’t crack New Jersey’s rotation and shot 34.2% from the field (and 17.4% from the arc) in his limited playing time?
If Shaq returns to health at any point, Murphy makes no sense. But Shaq will forever remain an injury question mark, so Murphy (I guess) would provide insurance. If he can still play.
Forgive me if I’m skeptical about adding a player who averaged a double-double as recently as last season. He just A) has never won anything in his entire life, so he probably doesn’t know how to play winning basketball, B) might not be the same player we remember averaging those double-doubles, and C) is licensed in spray-tanning. Seriously.