The Lakers have agreed to terms on a one-season, $1.3-million contract with veteran big man Troy Murphy, according to a report on Yahoo Sports. The Lakers said they would have no signings to announce today, however.
Murphy would give the Lakers depth in their frontcourt in the wake of the departure of Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers look a little thin beyond Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, their 7-footers.
The Lakers did sign Josh McRoberts last week, and he might be the starting power forward while Gasol moves to center while Bynum serves a five-game suspension for the first five games of the season.
“He’s a good player,” Gasol said of Murphy. “He has a lot of range shooting the ball. He’s experienced. I’m not sure how much playing time he’ll get here or how much the coaching staff will use him. We definitely could use more depth. I think it’s really important when you’re trying to stay healthy throughout the year. If we can do that, it’s going to be a huge plus for us.”
Murphy, 31, averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds last season, playing 18 games for the New Jersey Nets and 18 games with the Boston Celtics. He has averaged 11.6 points and 8.3 rebounds during his 10-year career.