Lakers sign free agent forward/center Troy Murphy to a one year contract at the veterans minimum salary of $1-million. This might be the best off season sleeper move thus far.
Upside for getting Troy
(besides hosting epic parties where Greeks roll up in massive Trojan horses)
Lakers add a player who brings 10-years of NBA experience and a career average of 12PTS/8REBS to the depth of their frontcourt. Troy averaged a double-double in 5 of his 10 NBA seasons. In those 5 season he averaged 30-35 minutes.
A year to forget for Troy (besides 1900 BC where a bunch of Trojan cities were destroyed)
Troy didn't have a great season last year only playing in 35 games while bouncing from New Jersey to Boston with an average of 6PTS/6REBS for both teams total. He also couldn't throw a rock in the ocean, only making 42 of his 114 shot attempts last year (36.8% FG).
Troy will need to get out of his shooting funk from last season, especially with the second string minutes he'll be getting. Who knows, if Bynum's knees fail yet again (knock on wood), Troy will most likely get the starting PF spot and Gasol will move up to the 5. Given Troy's capabilities, this is good cushion to have for the Lakers.