The Los Angeles Lakers signed power forward Troy Murphy on Saturday to bolster their front court depth, presumably. The outside-shoing big man had a forgettable year last season, but has shown he can be a presence in the past.
Murphy agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Terms of the deal weren't announced, but considering it's only a one-year deal, the Lakers probably didn't have to break the bank to add him.
The 6-foot-11 forward is averaging 11.6 points and 8.3 rebounds through his 10-year career, but last year was forgettable at best for the outside-shooter. Split between the New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics, Murphy averaged a paltry 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds through 35 games as a bit player in both team's rotations.
The Lakers lost power forward Derrick Caracter to a torn meniscus last week and traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks after the Chris Paul trade he was supposed to be involved in was vetoed. Los Angeles did sign Josh McRoberts to a deal earlier in free agency, but Murphy could be a solid insurance option as well if he's able to revert to his old form.