By Jessica Camerato
After nearly a week of speculation, the question of Troy Murphys new team has been resolved.
A league source has confirmed to CSNNE.com that the forward will sign with the Boston Celtics, filling one of the roster spots created when the Cs traded five players at the deadline. Marc Stein of ESPN.com first reported Murphys decision.
So what does this mean for the Celtics?
Murphys size (6-11, 245 pounds) and shooting abilities gives him the rebounding skills of a big man and the long-range game of a guard. Last season he averaged 10.2 rebounds per game while knocking down 128 3-pointers (38.4) with the Indiana Pacers.
Expect Murphy to spread the floor, one of the Celtics biggest weapons, while being a reliable contributor on the glass. And with managing the starters minutes a priority, Murphy gives Doc Rivers options off the bench at more than one position.
Murphy, 30, has been in the league for nine years. But after appearing in 639 games, he has yet to see the postseason. This could actually be an advantage to the Celtics.
Even though Murphy has never battled through the playoffs, he comes to Boston hungry to win. At this stage in his career, he isnt trying to showcase his skills - he has proven those already. Veteran players come to Boston to win, and Murphy will have a shot at it after all these years.
He Isnt Going to Miami
The Celtics and Heat emerged as the frontrunners to land Murphy after he was traded from the New Jersey Nets and bought out by the Golden State Warriors. Had Murphy signed with the Heat, he would have given them a legitimate backup to Chris Bosh, an area in which they lack depth. The Heat will still make a playoff run without Murphy, but their frontline would have been more challenging with him on the court.
The Celtics still have space available on the roster to add another piece. According to multiple reports, they are interested in swingman Corey Brewer, who was bought out by the New York Knicks. Brewer was a draft prospect in 2007, the year the Cs drafted now-Celtic Jeff Green. Former Celtic Leon Powe had expressed in interest in returning to Boston after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but dont expect the power forward to land back on the Celtics now that Murphy is coming to town.
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