DALLAS -- Troy Murphy reached a verbal agreement Thursday to sign a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to a source.
But since the Mavs already have the NBA maximum of 15 players on their roster, Murphy can't officially sign the new contract until the Mavs release or trade a player.
The 6-11 Murphy averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16.2 minutes while playing in 59 games last year for the Los Angeles Lakers. A forward with a long shooting range, Murphy, 32, has played 11 seasons, including the first five-and-a-half years with the Golden State Warriors.
“I can’t really say anything, but I’ll say we are looking for a stretch forward to help us in Dirk’s absence and even after Dirk comes back,’’ owner Mark Cuban said on FOX 4-TV. “He’s one of the options out there that we’re taking a close look at.’’
Earlier this week, the Mavs unsuccessfully tried to trade guard Dominique Jones, who has only played 45 seconds in the first two regular season games.
Murphy has averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game for his career.
After he was traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 17, 2007, Murphy averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 42 games for coach Rick Carlisle.
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