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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 11:45 am  |  95 responses

Miami Boston Inks Troy Murphy

UPDATE: Looks like Yahoo! got it wrong (see below); Murphy tells ESPN that he’s going to Boston instead. My head hurts: “Troy Murphy HIMSELF confirms to ESPN.com that he is going to Boston. B-O-S-T-O-N”

Murphy has chosen to take his talents to South Beach instead of Beantown: “Free agent forward-center Troy Murphy has agreed to sign with the Heat, sources tell Y! Sports. Murphy also turned down Celtics.”

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  • monrats

    will be a big help to MIA

  • ria

    and ESPN says he’s Boston bound. So do we get to sue a guy who signs with two teams?

  • AL29

    Well, looks like it’s up to Nenad Kristic to stop Dwight Howard.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout
  • GeeZee

    Fail. Murphy signed with Boston, per ESPN.com

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    ESPN says he chose Boston…so do with this what you will.

  • monrats

    he signed with BOS

  • Dagger

    Well . . . another major blow to Miami’s title chances this year.

  • Benn0

    One al29, who says that boston will even have to play orlando (yes they are that bad), and two why if he has sign for miami, did you cross out boston?

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    murphy himself confirmed he’s headed to boston. awesome. hopefully the celtic effect will set in and turn him into a decent defender.

  • Benn0

    OOOHHHHH, he has signed with boston – thanks for the update

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    This was not a move that would have helped.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    The best team in the East (Da Bulls) aren’t worried about a Troy Murphy signing.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @Dagger you’re being sarcastic right?? lol

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    woah, my bad Phil

  • RunNGun

    good signing for boston, but this would have been better if Murphy would have signed w/the KNICKS instead.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^Oh, sh1t… lol

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow?

    Who would this not have helped? he’s a great addition to the celts frontline. great rebounder/shot blocker. If Sheed comes back to them. they are good to go. No Perk needed

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Well I guess it makes sense since all of Boston’s bigs are currently nursing injuries… And they’ll likely rest up KG more until the playoffs..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Gadzuric to Miami?

  • Cheech

    Are we sure? Or will it change to Dallas next hour.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m kind of glad the Heat didn’t sign dude. They would have been very sad when they realized he plays no defense, as will Boston fans. And yes, I’ve been saying that for weeks. He should have gone to Orlando though. They love big men who don’t defend and shoot threes.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You know something else?
    The Heat are probably going to cut Arroyo to get Bibby. Good move for the team, sucks for Arroyo, right? He put in work, never complained, was a good soldier, and now he’s getting kicked to the curb for an upgrade.
    But players are wrong when they jump ship for better cities.
    Gotcha.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Arroyo is the only Heat player not at practice today.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Spo said Arroyo no longer with the team….Riley to make statement later today.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s a business.

  • T-Money

    wow, i get why they would cut arroyo but that’s so cold though. going from starter, to bencher, to not on the team at all. and it’s not the first time they yank him or cut him, right?

  • neaorin

    Yes, poor Arroyo, now he’ll never see the money left on his deal for this year. Oh wait, yes he will.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Damn.
    So Boston gets Murphy.
    Miami gets Bibby.
    Chicago may or may not get Rasual Butler.
    Yeah, I’d say Chicago lost this battle.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Sucks for Carlos. Played well, I thought. Although many disagree with me.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I see on twitter Eddy Curry may sign with Miami…is this true?

  • T-Money

    kg, shaq, big baby, jo, jeff green… troy murphy may not play that much. i think the biggest + of this move from boston is that miami didn’t get him. / i’d start mike bibby right away to not create any controversy. boom, that’s how it’s gonna be. 32 minutes from mike, 16 for chalmers and we’re done with the no point guard line ups. house, you get a cushy seat on the bench and have spot minutes when the situation warrants it.

  • JTaylor21

    This is why I’m not a fan and why I hate them, they were quick to bash Bron for leaving the cavs high and dry but they have nothing to say about teams cutting/trading players left and right without warning. Loyalty my a**.

  • T-Money

    i know murphy as a 4 in indiana, can he play the 5?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    neaorin
    And Cleveland continues to get a fat juicy portion of the leaguewide revenues and whatever money they squeeze out of saps in Cleveland.
    And Denver continues to get the same, and all the revenues from saps still coming to the Pepsi Center.
    And so on, and so on.
    Players get money, so do League owners. So why is it disloyal for players to leave teams, but not for teams to leave owners? Why is gut-wrenching for a superstar to move on, but not the same when a team moves on from a player who has busted his tail to make a difference?
    Because of the Wizard’s First Rule.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    It is a common known fact among NBA players that come the buyout deadline, certain players get cut….so this isn’t an out of the blue move by any means. I think Arroyo was well aware his time was up in Miami.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    did someone mention Troy Murphy and block shots in the same sentence? dude grabbed boards, yes, but that’s not exactly defense.
    btw, Rasheed who?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i will forever remember arroyo busting Team USA’s chops in the world championship a few years ago. why isn’t he serviceable on an NBA team?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yeah, where are the idiots that were speaking about a Sheed return?

  • Jeff H

    Kap

    Eddy Curry actually just signed on to be a McDonald’s spokesman. It’s probably better that way.

  • T-Money

    E: got any intel on UD? end of March? i’m thinking james jones will be completely squeezed out when UD comes back since he’s only playing when bron goes to the 4 right now. the bench would be miller, haslem, ilgauskas, chalmers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UD is due to play the first week in April……about a 5 or 6 game lead in to playoff action. I doubt that’s going to be enough time to get acclimated but they’ll give it a run. James Jones and House will be in the same spot….playing when there’s a particular need. I would expect more minutes for House than Chalmers in the playoffs. That’s real.

  • vishal tiwari is a homo

    who cares about murphy

  • JTaylor21

    Eddy was just seen leaving the Michelin warehouse and sources said that he’s agreed to become their new spokesman and will be replacing the michelin man.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Eboy – Why would House get Chalmers minutes, what does House give you that his Brother-in-law doesn’t? Bibby is statistically the best “clutch shooter” in the NBA BTW

  • JTaylor21

    Cuz EHouse has more cells in his big toe than Chalmers has in his head.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The ONLY reason Chalmers plays is defense. What does House give you that Bibby doesn’t that makes you play both of them and not Chalmers?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *Speaking to himself* “I can’t believe so many people are trying to justify Chalmers getting minutes”. nbk…Eddie is a BIG GAME PLAYER/SHOT MAKER. I ain’t harping one shot Rio made in college, I’m talking about over their respective NBA careers (which Eddie has a large advantage over him). Mario is stupid, plain and simple. He makes stupid passes, takes stupid fouls,forces stupid shots, he’s an idiot. The problem has been that at the 1, the Heat haven’t had a better option (well, Skip was until he flaked out)so he gets Spo love minutes like Anthony does. There isn’t a reason now to put up with his stupidity. Going for a title run, cutting out all of the potential baggage is the only route to take. He’s baggage. Like Joel. They both need to stay seated once April rolls around. For now? If they want to keep giving him minutes to bear out the load from Bibby? Good. But I’d bet you’ll see Mario play minuscule minutes, if Spo does what is necassary.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ya i was the idiot. Rasheed Wallace. heard of him?

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    He’s 6’11″ F/C. Shoots the 3 and has back to the basket moves… i know he’s kinda a underground name so if u need any help maybe i can google him see if i can come up with anythng.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Eboy – What is Eddie House, what was that turnover where he passed it behind Wade running the other direction? What use is he on defense AT ALL? What does Chalmers and House have to do with each other? If your playing a big time shot maker your playing Mike Bibby not Eddie House. Eddie House is essentially useless with Bibby on the team, especially considering Mike Miller is starting to get late game minutes.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Good.
    Now The King doesn’t have to play the point.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    House will get playoff minutes spelling Chalmers. Mark it down.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    What your saying Eboy is that Eddie House is somehow intelligent because he makes shots? That dude makes just as many stupid mistakes as Chalmers, and isn’t as good or well efficient of a shooter as Bibby and he is 6’1 on stilts and can’t dribble. Bibby is essentially Eddie House 75.0, Chalmers and House aren’t even related on the basketball court, their skills are opposite.

  • Mas

    What has MURPHY ever done to even deserve a mention on SLAM. EVER? I really need to know.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    nbk, you haven’t watched Chalmers enough.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    RASHEED WALLACE Career: 14.6 ppg 6.7 rbg 1.8 ast 1.0 st 1.3 blk

    I think he played on a few good teams. ya i dunno maybe its just me that remembers him…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Averaged 16 and 12 – Has any PF on your favorite team ever done that?

  • JTaylor21

    No one I repeat No one makes as many stupid mistakes as much as Chalmers does. It’s debatable that Basketball For Big Dummies would even help this fool out.

  • robz

    arroyo alot better shooter dn bibby

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’ve watched plenty of Chalmers and Eddie House, they both suck. There is no reason to play House at all with Bibby on your team, I’m not debating which player of the two horrendous shouldn’t get minutes on any well rounded team is better, they both suck.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Some people called him “Sheed” No bells… umm i think he might have played on the pistons.. maybe..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Why is LakeShow going on and on about Sheed? Dude was supposedley a lock to go back to Boston according to the yips around here. It’s obvious that the human meatsacks that throw sh*t around where wrong as usual…unless Doc is intending to carry 8 front court players into the playoffs on his 12 man active roster.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Oh it looks like he appeared with the Celtics for a little while also.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Oh you have heard of him? Phweeew was starting to think i was the only one, alright i’m good now.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Eddie is a big game shooter who has been thoroughly outplayed by Chalmers this year. I’m a bit torn on who I’d rather want playing.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    House was instrumental to Boston winning the 08 chip. seriously. him and posey, who was consistently the 3rd best player in each game during the Finals (usually one of the big 3 doesn’t show up for a particular game).
    speaking of which, i see Green in the mode of Posey: doesn’t excel in any particular area, but an intelligent player who makes the right play at the right time, because he has the tools to do everything.

  • JTaylor21

    Jukai, Chalmers for all of his supposed defensive abilities/prowess is a big dummy. He’s not the kind of guy you would want out there during a tight game in the playoffs because dude might f*ck around and foul a player 94 feet from the rim for no reason at all. Mia should literally nail him to bench come playoff time.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    With the addition of Bibby Miami obviously will not use Chalmers late in games, Bibby and Miller will get ALL of those minutes.

  • blackthougth

    Even if they only got murphy, so miami didn`t get him (which i doubt) it was another brilliant move by danny ainge. and swapping perkins (which i still don`t like) 4 green may benefit them in the long run (and by that, i mean this years playoffs).

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    This site has turned into the “Heat fan club” comment section.

  • RunNGun

    I say… Eddy Curry to the Knic… never mind.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    troy murphy, defense, and shot blocking? eh..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    No, it’s not, Kap. I haven’t weighed in yet.
    I KNOW no one here is defending Chalmers’ play, right?
    Okay, now back to your regularly scheduled Slamfest.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    So when Lebron leaves the cavs hes an a**hole how he went about it, but when Mgmt cuts Arroyo its just business.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    but Lebron is onl 4-10 against Melo all time… just sayin

  • fizzbucket

    Laughing at the Miami and Chicago fans, who were only yesterday wishing this guy would sign with their team, now denouncing him as worthless. Also I think you guys are getting a little too excited over Mike Bibby. He’s MIKE BIBBY for freak’s sake.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He consisently hits three pointers, doesn’t play defense, and isn’t afraid of big moments.
    He’s like an uber-Arroyo, and Arroyo had Chalmers beat early in the year until his jumper abandoned him.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Who knows what Bibby’s gonna bring… Players that get fresh environments usually play well at their new teams. This will be great at least to get the ball out of Lebron’s hands and maybe run a tolerable half-court offense. I’m more happy for Atlanta than Miami. I wonder who woke up in the Hawks organization and said “Wait a minute; Mike Bibby is done.”

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    And Chalmers has been pretty bad since the Wade-alone-demigod days… the way he used to (used to?) ruin fast breaks was hilarious and frightening.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Spaceship
    Bibby actually had a resurgence this year. He’s shooting the three lights out compared to last year when he couldn’t hit anything.
    Unless he completely regresses, people are going to be surprised with how consistently he hits the long ball, and how unafraid he is of the big moment. I’m not saying he’s a game changer for Miami, but he is clearly an upgrade.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Bibby taking too many shots and wanting/needing the ball too much may just create another ‘chemistry prolblem’ for the Heat. As it stands, Bron and Wade want the ball and Bron is really the facillitator on the team. Bibby will need to be more of a spot up shooter off of Bron passes than a his typical ‘true pg’ self. I’m not sure if this was really a good move for the Heat – although I think Bibby is an upgrade. Bottom line they still haven’t figured out a system to make both Bron and Wade effective on the floor together and now brining in another guy who is use to handling the ball and facillitating may not be the best move for them.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’ve never heard Bibby complain about having the ball in his hands except at LA Fitness. That issue will not come up as long as he just gets minutes

  • tavoris

    too bad Bibby can’t guard ANY point guard in the NBA. Chalmer’s on-ball D is invaluable to any hope the Heat have of going anywhere. Bibby can shoot, but he’s gonna get MURDERED on D-especially since he doesn’t have Horford and Josh Smith out there to cover for his miscues.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Great move for Boston. A 6’10″ guy that will spread the floor and who can drill the mid to long-range jumper. The only concern is that the kid hasn’t played in an NBA game since Jan. 4th. He was also totally out-of-shape when he came into camp this past October.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    @Allenp 12:57pm: WORD.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    JTaylor, there is one player stupider than Chalmers: Samuel Dalembert. No question. That said, Murphy helps Boston a bit, but Bibby really helps Miami. The playoff experience and clutch play are an upgrade over whatever Mario brings.

  • T-Money

    I dont trust Chalmers and Joel, plain and simple. Jones will also get phased out once UD comes back. I trust that house, miller, ilgauskasand UD wont get the jitters in the playoffs. Mike Bibby is going to start from the get go and force both superstars to play off the ball and run the break. Troy Murphy may not play much

  • allenp

    Will Bron fill the lane like he should?

  • JTaylor21

    He better cuz I’m tired of him always looking to create plays for others instead of being the one finishing them. It all depends on the coach whether or not they run offensive sets consistently, that will put the ball in Bibby’s hands.

  • T-Money

    Jtaylor: most importantly, they will not bring the ball up with bibby on the floor unless they get the rebound.

  • allenp

    I wager you are wrong tmoney. Lebron loves to masquerade as a point for some reason.

  • JTaylor21

    T-Money, I wouldn’t take that bet if I were you.

  • rich

    i seriously doubt wade and lebron let mike bibby handle the ball and play pg. this may turn out to be a pointless move by the heat where he ends up a spot up shooter who watches wade and lebron turn the ball over 7-10 times per game

  • Fortheloveofthegame

    All of this talk about point guard minutes when Queen James rings the ball down regardless.. If not him then DWade. If anything Bibby just brings some veteran leadership on court and in the locker room. He is capable of being a big shot maker but I would still take Rondo, Nelson Or DRose head to head.. Not to mention guy can’t guard anyone. It will be interesting to see how it works. Either way it’s all about the Lake Show.. But don’t drown though.

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