View Full Version : Troy Murphy picks Celtics over Heat

03-01-2011, 05:52 PM
Highly coveted free agent Troy Murphy is signing with the Boston Celtics.

Murphy told ESPN.com via e-mail that he will join the Celtics after spending much of the past 48 hours agonizing between Boston and the Miami Heat. Murphy reached terms of a buyout with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
Murphy also received recruiting pitches this week from Portland, New York and Orlando, sources said, but the 6-foot-10 forward was always determined to sign with a top contender in anticipation of making the first deep playoff run of his career. Murphy has played in more games (639) than any other active player without appearing in the playoffs.

The East's top two teams chased Murphy hard, seeing him as this season's P.J. Brown in terms of being a difference-making big man. Boston now will hope that Murphy's perimeter touch and proven ability to rebound can fortify its frontcourt rotation like Brown did when he joined the Celtics midway through the 2007-08 season. Brown contributed greatly during Boston's championship run in the first season together for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.


03-02-2011, 12:34 AM
Murphy is an average player so I don't think the Heat lost out on anything special.

03-02-2011, 08:39 AM
I still don't know if the Heat can beat the Celtics but they sure do seem to be doing everything in their power to make it easier. Murphy can only take away minutes from Davis and from the Heat perspective I'd much rather see Murphy jacking up jumpers than big Baby abusing Bosh and Anthony down low.