Deron Williams Trade: What's Next for Troy Murphy?

Tim GrovesCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 24: Troy Murphy #3 of the Indiana Pacers moves against Brad Miller #52 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 120-110. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As a part of the overarching deals that have sent Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets, Troy Murphy was sent to the Golden State Warriors.  The Warriors are expected to buy out the forward/center, making him a free agent.

During this season, Murphy has been seldom used in the Nets' rotation, averaging a paltry 3.6 points and  4.2 rebounds per game.  Murphy was stuck behind forwards Derrick Favors and Kris Humphries and centers Brook Lopez and Johan Petro.

Murphy recorded a double-double during his past seasons with the Indiana Pacers, when he averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 boards in 2009 and 14.3 points and 11.8 boards in 2008.  Needless to say, there is value to be had with Murphy.

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are the two prime candidates to land the valuable Murphy right now.

The Celtics could really use another big man during the stretch run of the season.  At power forward they are pretty set with Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis, but they have major holes at center.  Starter Kendrick Perkins is a legitimate NBA big man, but with Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal constantly injured, the position needs some backup.

Murphy could come in and provide for Boston almost immediately.  He provides a big body to bang down low and get rebounds, as well as a reliable three-point scorer.  It would definitely boost the Celtics as the seasons winds to a halt.

The Heat's main weakness coming into the year was their lack of big men.  Outside of Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem, the post was filled with castoffs and aging players past their primes.  Haslem went down with an injury early, which helped to exacerbate the problem.

Bringing in Murphy would shore up the post and take minutes off of the ancient knees of Erick Dampier and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

While not rumored to be in the sweepstakes for Murphy, the Orlando Magic would also benefit a ton from his services.  After they dumped Rashard Lewis and Marcin Gortat, they were left with little down low. 

Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard have been chugging along, but their backups consist of Daniel Orton and Malik Allen.  If the Magic are serious about a playoff run, they need to try and swindle Murphy away from Boston or Miami.