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Murphy "Probably" Will Be Traded

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It's now gone from speculation to, well, something more.  Colin Stephenson of the Star-Ledger reports that "a person with knowledge of the team's plans" tells him that Troy Murphy "probably" will be traded before the February 23 deadline.

Stephenson had no further details, but noted that Murphy's two preseason injuries have slowed his development and that his expiring $11.9 million contract could be a good trade piece.  The latest rumors on a Carmelo Anthony trade had Murphy, Derrick Favors and possibly Kris Humphries being sent to Denver in a two-team deal. The Nets have been pleasantly surprised by the development of both Favors and Humphries, who is averaging 13 rebounds as a starter.

Billy King in comments to beat reporters Wednesday night had said it's entirely possible that with some strength and conditioning work Murphy could return to the Nets' rotation or even the starting lineup.