Free-agent profile: Troy Murphy
Boston Celtics power forward Troy Murphy
Type of free agent: unrestricted
Positives: Murphy has averaged double figures in seven seasons and five double-double efforts in points and rebounds in his 10-year career. The Lakers surely have that presence already with a tall lineup in Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, but Murphy would be a decent insurance policy. His rebounding abilities would complement Bynum's and relieve Gasol of the duty, which he has appeared more than happy to delegate to Bynum. He's also a reliable option in spacing the floor and finding the open man.
Negatives: Murphy doesn't provide anything on defense, a problem considering Coach Mike Brown's foundation will mostly rest on that end. He also lacks quickness, hardly what the Lakers want in adding youth into their lineup. He's also coming off a poor 2010-2011 campaign during which he lost his starting role in New Jersey and struggled to fit in as a midseason pickup with Boston. It's possible that he would face the same issues finding his niche with the Lakers.
Verdict: It's possible that Murphy's poor season will lower his price tag, which could be a nice steal for the Lakers. If the market leans that way, it'd be wise for the Lakers to pursue him. However, they have higher priorities, such as addressing their point-guard and youth issues.
-- Mark Medina
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