In a chat on ESPN today, Ric Bucher said, “I’ve been told Troy Murphy is headed [Boston's] way.” Bucher also called Danny Ainge “a Maverick,” which might be another term for “the second coming of Joe Dumars,” and said Ainge worked for “an owner who doesn’t have deep pockets,” which couldn’t be further from the truth.
What does the Troy Murphy trade do for me? Well, at least the Celtics won’t have to run KG, Glen Davis and Chris Johnson (!) into the ground anymore. Other than that, not much. He’s a softy power forward (not center, what the C’s really need right now) who loves the perimeter, couldn’t crack New Jersey’s rotation (even though Kris Humphries and Johan Petro could), doesn’t much enjoy defense, and has never — I repeat, never — played for a playoff team. At least he rebounds. You can’t entirely blame Murphy for his losing teams, but his stats (which are impressive, and include many double-doubles) don’t hold significant weight because he never compiled them while playing for a contender. How he’ll fit in Boston remains to be seen.
As for Leon Powe, who has been mentioned in many outlets as a candidate and is reportedly leaning toward Boston, well, he’s not the same player you remember. Sorry.