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Troy Murphy to Europe?

September 16, 2011
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According to my sources, Troy Murphy has a serious offer on the table from Crvena Zvezda in Serbia (financial terms not disclosed). There is no word if his contract would have an NBA-out clause allowing Troy to return to the states following the Lockout. Adam Morrison, who signed this past week to play for coach Svetislav Pesic, has no such out clause. With a potential frontline of Morrison, Murphy, and Darko Milicic (rumored to be mulling an offer as well) this could be a banner year for Red Star in the Adriatic League.

 

 

9/21/11:

According to agent Dan Fegan, the current offer is not enough to lure Troy overseas. Red Star is better off going after a young NBA bigman, with a smaller pricetag and more hunger. Solomon Jones of the Pacers would be a great pickup.

12/17/11:

Troy Murphy has signed one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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15 Responses to Troy Murphy to Europe?

  1. Zoran on September 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Hello Martin, I am a big fan of RED STAR BELGRADE. can you tell me how correct these information’s are? about murhy and milicic? ako ti je lakse na srpskom moze i tako :) hvala pozz. good day :)

  2. Knez on September 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Zoki, hvala na pitanju. Thanks for checking out my site. My source is good. It is the same one that told me about the Adam Morrison signing, which I broke here in the U.S. almost a day prior to any other website. No word on whether Troy will ACCEPT this offer, but I haven’t heard of any other offers that he’s received. As for Darko Milicic, his offer has been on the table for over a month now. The money isn’t huge, but then again he said that money wasn’t a factor. While his heart might be in Serbia, it’s hard to say with him. Darko never struck me as the type who is DYING to play basketball. He could be waiting for a bigger offer or he could just as easily not play anywhere and wait for the NBA Lockout to end. I will continue to monitor both stories….keep checking back.
    -Knez

  3. Zoran on September 18, 2011 at 5:09 am

    thank you martin and i will keep checking back cause i see that you have good sources :) and hopefully murphy and milicic sign for red star :D

  4. Pedja on September 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Hi Martin, one more question.
    Are you getting this infos from american sources, or from Serbia?
    Thanks. Good blog.

    • KNEZ on September 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Pedja, my sources are close to the team in Belgrade. Troy has an offer on the table, but no word yet on if he’ll accept it. I am continuing to follow this story and will update it when I get more information. Keep checking back. Pozdrav.
      -Knez

  5. Marc on September 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Troy Murphy would be great fit for RS Belgrade.

  6. Sixers on September 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Do you think Murphy will be fit to play in a good level? Does he have a EU passport?

  7. Zoran on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    hello martin, looks like nothing about murphy to red star :( red star offered 250,000$ but murphy wants atleast 500,000$. is this correct?

    • Knez on September 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Yes, looks like Troy Murphy is out of Red Star‘s price range. They’re better off going after a young NBA bigman, one who doesn’t have an inflated pricetag but still wants to play ball during the Lockout. Indiana’s Solomon Jones would be a great get. How about Jordan Hill (Rockets) or Samardo Samuels (Cavaliers)? It’s not over Zoran!
      -Knez

  8. Zoran on September 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    i heard leon powe is the next choice not very big but very strong and fights like an animal.
    see ya on fb ;)

  9. Knez on September 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Zoran, I have a hard time believing Murphy’s offer was only $250K when Morrison’s contract is $300K. It was probably closer to $400K, but that’s just my opinion. Either way, it wasn’t enough.

  10. Bohemian on September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Hello Martin,

    I would like to know if Red Star has tried to offer more money for Murphy or if they’ve already decided not to try and sign him.

  11. Knez on September 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Bohemian,
    Good question. At this point it’s a dead story. Dan Fegan, Troy’s agent, says that Red Star offered $250K and that it would take at least $500K to lure Murphy overseas. From speaking to people close to the situation, I think Zvezda’s offer was more in the range of $400K, especially considering that Adam Morrison got $300K. I don’t think Murphy can get that 500 Europe, not unless he waits for the NBA Lockout to end and all those American players go off the market. Plus, how much does he have left in the tank? He played sparingly last season and has always been injury-prone. But he IS 6’11 and can shoot (being a lefty helps too)…..what do YOU think?
    -Knez

  12. Bohemian on September 27, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Thanks for the info and the answer, Martin.

    Well, I think that Murphy should have accepted the offer. I ignore whether it included an opt-out clause or not but it would be a good thing for Troy to get back in shape and get his career back on track.

    I think that it is a crucial stage of Murphy’s career in which he needs to decide if he wants to play 4-5 more years or if he is satisfied with what he’s had already and will call it quits in some months. I think it is up to him. Less than 2 years ago he was still a hell of a good player.

    By the way, congrats for the site. It looks great.

    • Knez on September 27, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Thanks for the compliments, Bohemian. Assuming he stays healthy, he could play for five more years, sure. Mobile bigman with a nice jumper…those are the “in” thing now-a-days. I just don’t know how much passion left he has for the game. He DID get quite a nice contract early on from the Warriors. That changes some guys, especially when the injuries start to rack up down the road. Is it worth it for him? I think he still has 2 more solid NBA seasons left (or 5 Euroleague ones). Thanks.
      -Knez