The NBA trade deadline is less than 24 hours away and many players rumored to be headed out of town are still sitting on the runway.
Troy Murphy is one of these players.
We've been hearing for months how Murphy is going to Cleveland, Cleveland and Cleveland, but it appears both Milwaukee and Sacramento have joined the mix as of late.
Three teams. Are only three teams interested in adding Murphy? Is that really the case?
I refuse to believe that.
The 29-year-old power forward/center is one of the more dynamic big men in the league. He's 6-foot-11 and at least 10 pounds heavier than his listed 245. He's one of the few players of his size who can bang in the post, face-up and stick the jumper, and also draw his man away from the hoop with his three-point range.
He's no Dirk Nowitzki, but he poses a similar matchup problem with his ability to go in and out. Murphy is also one of the league's best rebounders.
So why is a player of his size, skill and talent even on the trade block? Two reasons:
1. He's injury-prone. Murphy has missed 147 games during his nine-year career. That's an average of 16.3 games missed per season.
2. He's in his prime, having a strong season (14 ppg and 10 rpg in 31 mpg, on 49/39/79 shooting percentages), and becomes a free agent at the end of next year. Thus, the Pacers want to deal him now while his value is high and they can maximize their returns.
So where will Murphy go? What teams have interest in him? Where would he best be able to thrive?
Let's look at five places, not named Cleveland, Milwaukee or Sacramento, where Murphy would be a great fit.