Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The Nets obtained forward Troy Murphy from the Indiana Pacers as part of a four-team trade which also involved the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets.
Murphy played his high school ball at the Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J.
As part of the transaction, the Rockets acquire Nets guard Courtney Lee and send Trevor Ariza to New Orleans, with Indiana acquiring Darren Collison and James Posey from the Hornets.
“We are very pleased to add Troy to our roster,” said Nets GM Billy King. “He is a quality power forward who has the ability to stretch the floor, and we feel that he will be a very positive addition to our frontcourt rotation.”
Murphy has one year remaining on his current contract at $11,968,253. They give up Lee’s deal, worth $1,352,640.
The 6-11, 245-pound Murphy is a nine-year NBA veteran with career averages of 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 29.4 minutes over 621 career games (477 starts) with Golden State and Indiana.
He has shot .447 (2,707-6,054) from the field and .394 (569-1,443) from behind the arc. The Notre Dame product was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first round (14th overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft. Murphy has averaged a double-double in five of his nine years and had his best season in 2004-05 when he averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds in 33.9 minutes for Golden State. In 2008-09, he became the only player in NBA history to rank among the league’s top five in both rebounding average (11.8) and three-point field goal percentage (.450, 161-358). Last season, Murphy appeared in 72 games, including 69 starts, posting averages of 14.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and 10.2 rebounds in 32.6 minutes for Indiana. In addition, Murphy ranked 10th in the NBA in double-doubles with 39.
Lee, acquired by New Jersey on June 25, 2009, played in 71 games (66 starts) in one season with the Nets. During the 2009-10 campaign, Lee averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes. Over the course of his two-year career with Orlando and New Jersey, Lee holds NBA averages of 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 148 games.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.