Troy Murphy agreed to a buyout yesterday from the Golden St. Warriors, making him a free agent once he clears waivers.
According to multiple reports, Murphy has narrowed his targets to two teams: the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. The Orlando Magic, who would seem to have more of a need for Murphy than any other team, are reportedly out of the mix (even though their only backup big men are Ryan Anderson, Earl Clark and Malik Allen — three men who make Nenad Krstic look like Wilt Chamberlain).
Though Murphy is still considering the Heat, CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely reports the Celtics have emerged as frontrunners. One factor? The Heat have 15 players, and might not want to waive anybody to open a roster spot for Murphy.
A league source has confirmed that Troy Murphy has come to terms on a buyout with the Golden State Warriors, which will pave the way for the 6-foot-10 inch forward to sign with the Boston Celtics. The buyout is pending league approval, which won’t come about until sometime on Monday.
While it’s not a done deal that Murphy will be a Celtic, all indications are pointing in that direction.
The Celtics have also reportedly become the most likely destination for Leon Powe, though he has received interest from multiple other teams (including, most recently, the Hornets). Mike Bibby is another buyout candidate, but — with Delonte West in tow — the Celtics may not have much need for another point guard. The Heat have been rumored to have their eyes on Bibby.
Rasual Butler, another name who has been linked to the Celtics, reportedly plans to sign with the Chicago Bulls once he clears waivers. Butler will help Chicago’s thin shooting guard rotation, but certainly should not change the Eastern Conference hierarchy.