Re: Troy Murphy?
posted at 2/16/2011 5:04 PM EST
In Response to Re: Troy Murphy?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Troy Murphy? : I read your post as the Nets would trade Murphy. You said "the Nets should trade him to someone". A buy out would constitute a one lump payment where as allowing him to simply sit and have his contract run out spreads his payments over the remainder of the season. The Nets already ruined this guys rep, he may as well screw them and get every penny he is owed. Do you honestly see this guy, who has not played a single minute in almost 2 months coming in and helping the C's? As I said before, sit tight, who cares about the regular season, get healthy, get Wafer, West and Nate into a rotation and ready for the playoffs.
Posted by rkarp[/QUOTE]
I think he's a valuable trade chip for another team, having an $11.9 million expiring contract. I think another team would love to receive him in a trade-not the Celtics. However, I believe the Nets want to position themselves for next season or for bringing in Melo if they can. Since the season is more than half over, let's say they owe Murphy $6 million in remaining salary. Why not just pay him $4 million and let him move on? They save $2 million! Why pay him the entirety of his salary if you have no plans to use him? There is no value whatsoever for the Nets to keep him for the entire season and end up paying $11.9 million.
I doubt that he would "screw" the Nets just to get his entire salary. The guy is 30 years old and he wants to play and play now. He's averaged a double-double in points-rebounds the past two years so it's obvious he can still play.
Keep in mind that last season Nate sat for almost a whole month before re-joining the Knicks lineup afterwhich the Celtics traded for him. Bottom line, the Nets never had any intention of using the guy although he was included in a trade. That happens all the time.
I do believe he can come in and help us out. Many here believe Sheed can come in and contribute because it's been done before (see P.J. Brown 3 years ago). And keep this in mind, Murphy isn't retired. I'm sure he's in shape, not hurt and ready to play. He'd just have to get in game shape.
I don't think we should sit tight because nobody cares about the regular season. WE care about getting the best record in the regular season. I also think you're making a very risky presumption that all the needed parts will heal sufficiently in time to be productive in the playoffs. I don't think you can just count on that right now. Also, if folks here are lobbying to bring in Sheed, we may as well bring in Murphy. Neither will significantly negatively affect our team chemistry (Sheed would before Murphy).