SALT LAKE CITY -- The Celtics are in the market for players taking the buyout by the end of the day, and Troy Murphy, who was bought out yesterday by the Golden State Warriors, is rumored to be in their sights.
-The Warriors have reached a buy-out agreement with Troy Murphy that will pay him less than 100% of his remaining salary, according to multiple sources. Murphy had to be waived before Tuesday to remain eligible for a playoff roster on a new team.
The two clear leaders for him are Miami and Boston, who both already are campaigning for a deal. As insisted by Warriors owner Joe Lacob, one source said, Murphy agreed to sign only with an Eastern Conference team. (Portland is one Western team that showed interest.)
Celtics president Danny Ainge declined to comment publicly other than saying, "We still have available roster spots and we want to fill those."
Murphy, Rasual Butler and Mo Peterson are among the names on the buyout market, and the Celtics, Heat, Knicks and Bulls are all among the reported suitors.
"Everybody's in the same boat," Rivers said. "If you can pick up a player that you think is going to help your team, you're going to do it. Other than that, we're no deeper than anyone else that's trying to win it. Name the top seven teams and those are the seven teams trying to get players."