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Lakers sign Murphy, Kings claim Outlaw

Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 6:59 pm
 
By Matt Moore

The Los Angeles Laker s signed forward Troy Murphy Saturday to bolster their frontcourt bench left weakened by the trade of Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. Murphy, 31, was bought out by the Nets last spring and signed with the Boston Celtics in what was thought at the time to be a shrewd move to potentially put the Celtics over the championship hump. Instead, Murphy underperformed and played limited minutes due to injury, and played just one game for three minutes in the postseason. 

If healthy, Murphy could help the Lakers as a do-it-all veteran with savvy. If out of his depth and still hampered by injuries, he is unlikely to make much of an impact even on a team facing significant problems past its starting front line.

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The Sacramento Kings claimed forward Travis Outlaw off the amnesty wire Saturday. Outlaw had a massively disapponting first year in New Jersey after signing a five-year, $35 million contract in 2010. The Kings have faced a serious absence at the small forward position since trading Omri Casspi last spring. John Salmons can spend time there but is under-sized.

Under amnesty rules, the Kings were allowed to claim Outlaw because of their cap space (only teams with cap space can bid), and their bid will count against their cap while the remainder will be paid by New Jersey and will not count against their cap. Outlaw played significantly better in Portland and maybe a return to the west coast will improve his play. Outlaw had wrist surgery this summer but has been cleared for contact according to SI.com. 
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Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:07 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Lakers sign Murphy, Kings claim Outlaw

STILL need a Point Guard!!!  Pickings are getting mighty slim. Don't look like we are going to get Howard either. Season starts in another week. Better bust a MOVE soon. Or, pretty much kiss this season good-bye. No title with this current line-up. Thanks Stern. Or is it FEUHRER Stein. EIN!!  EIN!!!  EIN!!!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:59 pm
 

David Stern and Bud Selig.....Dumb & Dumber!!!

David Stern and Bud Selig.....Dumb & Dumber!!!



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Lakers sign Murphy, Kings claim Outlaw

What a save... This is a very good pick up for the Lakers. Behind Pau and Bynum there is absolutely NOTHING. I think people underestimate Bynum as a C and forget that when he is healthy, he is the 2nd best C in the league. But there definitely needs to be a backup in place, and Murphy provides that.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Lakers sign Murphy, Kings claim Outlaw

This is a nice pick up.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:43 am
 

Lakers sign Murphy, Nets claim Outlaw

If he is healthy this is a good pick up for the Lakers.  Murphy is around 12 and 8 for his career.  He isn't Odom but he's decent.  If he is hungry and he is looking to bounce back from last years performance he could be a steal.


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