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Troy Murphy working out at the Lakers' facility

Unrestricted free-agent power forward Troy Murphy worked at the Lakers' practice facility Wednesday evening.

Murphy has averaged double figures in seven seasons and five double-double efforts in points and rebounds in his 10-year career. He's 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. Ever since the Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, General Manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged the necessity to add pieces to the Lakers' frontcourt.

Talk about big moves. 

Whoops, I accidentally turned my sarcasm font on. 

The Lakers signed free-agent power forward Josh McRoberts, using their mini mid-level exception. Still, the Lakers face several challenges. Center Andrew Bynum will serve a five-game suspension at the start of the season. Backup forward Derrick Caracter will miss at least four to six weeks after having surgery that removed part of a torn lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. And the team  has yet to find someone of Odom's caliber to replace him. 


Free-agent profile: Troy Murphy

-- Mark Medina

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