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Richard Hamilton will have to be willing to give back a significant portion of the two years, $25 million owed him to get a buyout on his contract. Sources said the Celtics still remain intrigued with Hamilton as a scorer off the bench.

The Hornets will likely be in pursuit of New Jersey Nets forward Troy Murphy(notes) once the Nets reach a buyout agreement with him after the trade deadline. Nets coach Avery Johnson made clear he didn’t want Murphy after the three-team trade that brought him from the Indiana Pacers. Trade talks have gone nowhere for Murphy, who has an expiring contract. Nets GM Billy King will ultimately work a buyout to free Murphy to sign elsewhere.

In addition to the Hornets, several other teams are expected to show interest in Murphy, including the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks, sources said.

                 Personally I'm eyeing her too

Murphy would be an amazing pickup for the Celtics, as he's a basically a much better 'Sheed. He rebounds and he can actually hit a high percentage of 3's.  As excited as I am about the thought of the Celtics picking him up, I'm frightened of the very real possibility he's starting at center for the Heat within a month. We've beaten the Heat now three times, but their centers and point guards have completely sucked. Add a Murphy and a buy out point guard (along with the return of Haslem) and they're a completely different team. So in my opinion we need to root for two things throughout the buyout season. 1) That the C's fill their holes and 2) That the Heat don't.

JR 2/16/2011 11:59:00 AM Edit
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10 Responses so far.

  1. mrkC says:

    we need a wing defender! but a defender with scoring is a big plus!

  2. Karl says:

    I'd take either of these guys. Get it done Danny.

  3. I second that Karl. We just need able bodies at this point lol.

  4. CelticFan says:

    What about Monty Ellis? His contract is expiring, and he's been on point so far this season. Lastnights game vs New Orleans was crazy.

  5. Troy Murphy looks about 2 chromosomes shy of being completely retarded.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I've always felt we needed a wing defender and a scorer. I loved Posey and if possible Battier. Rip would be great! With him and West leading the second unit and if we can get Murphy, WOW!

  7. Bohemian says:

    Let's get both. Murphy is a very nice player, can shoot and is difficult to guard with that left hand shot. We all know that Hamilton would add much talent and experience to our bench too...Get these 2 Danny!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Eying on her too lmao! Yeah, we shud get Rip and Murphy before Miami get em.

  9. tb727 says:

    Looks like Troy Murphy will goto Orlando if he's bought out:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/chris_mannix/02/16/trade.outlook.east/index.html

    Makes sense

  10. Donte says:

    Man Ray and rip on the same team.......

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