The Dallas Mavericks' offseason of "Oh Crap, We Didn't Get D-Will" has continued into the regular season, as the team has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with veteran forward Troy Murphy.
The team needs to dump someone off the roster to keep at the NBA max of 15 players. Dominique Jones ... it may be time to go.
There was a time when Murphy had a nice game, and was one of the better perimeter shooting forwards in the league. The key to that sentence was - "There was a time ...". That time wasn't recently.
Murphy entered the NBA in 2001 as a rookie with Golden State, and scored a decent amount of points and grabbed a decent amount of rebounds in the total obscurity that is Oakland, Calif.
In his career Murphy has played for the Warriors, Pacers, Nets, Celtics; he spent last season with the Lakers in his 11th NBA season.
In the 2004-'05 season with the Warriors, Murphy averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds.
Last season in 59 games with the Lakers, he averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Who knows? Maybe Murphy has something left and can hit a few outside shots and dirty it up for a few boards. The problem is going to be defensively; he figures to be a liabilty that other teams will hammer on the perimeter, and underneath.
There was a reason he was available.
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