What Troy Murphy brings to the Celtics

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What Troy Murphy brings to the Celtics

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

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?

Versatility
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.

Veteran Experience
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.

What now?
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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Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

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DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”