Tim Kawakimi of the Mercury News is reporting that the Golden State Warriors have indeed reached a buy out agreement with newly acquired Troy Murphy, freeing him to sign with a team of his choice. There is an an interesting twist that significantly improves the Miami Heat's chances to sign him.
Murphy must sign with a new team before Tuesday to remain eligible for a playoff roster. The two clear leaders for him are Miami and Boston, who both already are campaigning for a deal. As insisted by Warriors owner Joe Lacob, one source said, Murphy agreed to sign only with an Eastern Conference team.Murphy must sign with a new team by Tuesday in order to become eligible for the playoffs. The 6'-11" would provide outside scoring, rebounding and more quality depth at the power forward/center position. Although he barely played for the New Jersey Nets this year, he has averaged double figures in scoring in eight of his first ten seasons in the NBA and averaged double figures in rebounding his last two full seasons (as an Indiana Pacer). Washington Wizards guard Mike Bibby is also rumored to be close to a buy out and could also be signed by the Miami Heat.