DALLAS -- In desperate need of another player to stretch the defense while Dirk Nowitzki is on the mend, the Dallas Mavericks signed forward Troy Murphy to a one-year contract Friday.
To make room for Murphy, the Mavs will release center Eddy Curry, who they acquired off waivers on Oct. 25. Curry had seven points and four rebounds in the 99-91 season-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers, and two points and no rebounds in eight minutes during Wednesday's 113-94 loss to the Utah Jazz.
Already knowing his fate, Curry did not attend today's practice with the Mavs at American Airlines Center.
The 6-11, 245-pound Murphy has averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game during his 11-year career. The 14th overall pick of the 2001 draft, Murphy spent the first five-and-a-half years of his career with the Golden State Warriors.
Coach Rick Carlisle has history with Murphy, who was traded to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 17, 2007 while Carlisle was coaching the Pacers. In 42 games that season, Murphy averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
-- Dwain Price
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