Source: Murphy Not On Trade Block
Troy Murphy is not on the trade block, says a source with knowledge of the situation. The Star-Ledger's Colin Stephenson reported earlier today that a source with "knowledge of the team's thinking" claimed the veteran power forward will "probably" be traded, but HOOPSWORLD has learned that is not the case.
Murphy was acquired in August in four-team, five-player trade after spending the past four seasons in Indiana. He's averaged only 20.4 minutes in his five games this season due to a lingering foot injury. Coach Avery Johnson has been limiting Murphy's playing time as he continues to get into game shape.
"It's a game-by-game situation,'' Johnson told reporters on Thursday. "He worked hard in the weight room today, and we'll just keep it going day-to-day, game-by-game.''
Murphy, a native of New Jersey, is averaging 4.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg while making 27.3% of his 3-pointers this season, but his lifetime marks are 12 ppg, 8.6 rpg and he has a 39.3% clip from 3-point range. The 30-year-old former Notre Dame star is the Nets' highest-paid player ($11.96 million in 2010-2011), but his contract will expire after this season.