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Celtics to sign Murphy, pursuing Brewer

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  March 1, 2011 02:28 PM

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The Celtics will reach agreement with veteran forward Troy Murphy on a contract for the remainder of the season after he clears waivers, an NBA source confirmed to the Globe.

And the Celtics may not be done. They are making a hard push for former lottery pick Corey Brewer, who was waived Tuesday by the New York Knicks.

Murphy, 30, was bought out by the Golden State Warriors after they acquired him from the New Jersey Nets. He played 18 games with New Jersey this season and quickly fell out of favor with coach Avery Johnson, who told him to stay home and wait for a trade after a January 7 game.

During his career, Murphy has averaged 11.8 points and 8.5 rebounds, with his best year coming in 2004-05 when he scored 15.4 points with 10.8 rebounds. Although Murphy is considered a volume rebounder, he can also stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting ability. He is a career 39 percent 3-point shooter.

His role on the Celtics is uncertain but he could spell Kevin Garnett at power forward or even play center in stretches. The Celtics signing of Murphy was a coup because he was also considering the Miami Heat, who were expected to sign former Atlanta point guard Mike Bibby today.

In 22 career games against the Celtics, Murphy has averaged 14 points and nine rebounds but he has been slowed by injuries the past few seasons and his effectiveness has waned. Murphy has missed games this season with back and foot ailments.

Still, he is a veteran big man who can give the Celtics productive minutes and has more experience that Semih Erden or Luke Harangody, the two players traded to make roster space for Murphy.

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