Marc Stein reports Friday the Nets want another expiring contract in return for Troy Murphy's $12 million expiring contract so they can maintain cap space this summer. But the Nets may face a problem in unloading Murphy before the deadline: interested teams may wait to see if the Nets buy him out if trade talks fail.
"The Nets are hoping to swap him for a similar expiring contract before the Feb. 24 trade deadline," Stein reports. "There would be unquestioned interest in Murphy if he went the buyout route and became a free agent -- starting with Orlando, Dallas and San Antonio." But Billy King says that's not happening.
King also had to step back from his original claim that Murphy has requested a trade. There was so such request, just a mutual understanding that it was time to part ways. "I probably worded it a little bit too harshly," King said, adding that the two sides have spoken about Murphy's situation throughout the season.
- Nets GM says Murphy didn't demand trade - Marc Stein - ESPN
Nets GM Billy King says Nets won't buy out Troy Murphy - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger