In an expected move to come on Wednesday, the Boston Celtics will sign center Troy Murphy.
Murphy reached terms of a buyout and was put on waivers by the Golden State Warriors after they acquired him from the New Jersey Nets. The nine-year veteran hasn’t played much this year after falling into oblivion with the lowly Nets, making only 18 appearances all season with four starts. He has seen the floor just once in 2011.
But that should all change with his debut in Boston as the Murphy should be fresh and ready to go in the final stretch of the season, helping solidify the Celtics relatively thin frontcourt, due to the injuries of Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal.
Although Murphy has never played in a playoff game or series, the big man will bring scoring and rebounding to Boston’s frontcourt and could start at the center position (in place of Nenad Kristic) before Shaq comes back from injury.
Adding Murphy was part of Danny Ainge’s plan when he sent away the likes of Kendrick Perkins and Semih Erden, two big-men who filled in for the injured O’Neals.
The Celtics traded away five players at the trade deadline and received three in return, so adding Murphy fills one of the holes on the Boston bench as one more spot will most likely be filled (by a Corey Brewer type) as center Chris Johnson was signed to a 10-day contract last week and will most likely be released after that.