Troy Murphy Drawing Interest Overseas?

Troy Murphy didn't have a major impact off the bench for the Lakers this past season, but as we saw when we examined the top outside shooters still available, no unsigned free agent posted a better three-point percentage in 2011/12 than Murphy's 41.8%. Still, based on the news and rumors out there this summer, the big man doesn't seem to be drawing much interest from NBA teams.

One club that may be interested in Murphy, however, is Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv. The team reached an agreement with Pops Mensah-Bonsu earlier in the summer, but with questions arising about Mensah-Bonsu's physical condition, a replacement may be necessary. And according to David Pick of Sportando, Murphy is one name that's been mentioned as a possibility.

Mensah-Bonsu is scheduled to arrive in Israel for a medical check-up in mid-September, according to Pick, so Murphy is on the backburner for Maccabi Tel Aviv. In the meantime, the 32-year-old will presumably continue to seek an NBA contract, despite the apparent lack of interest.

After recording a 16.0 PER for the first nine years of his career, Murphy has struggled in limited minutes over the last two seasons, posting an 8.7 PER for the Nets, Celtics, and Lakers.

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