Odds & Ends: Murphy, Mavericks, Crawford, Celtics

Over the weekend, the Mavericks inked forward Troy Murphy to a one-year deal and waived Eddy Curry in order to create roster space for him.  The 6'11" big man could provide the Mavs with some outside shooting off the bench, but he may not be ready to start draining threes right away, tweets Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram.  "I haven’t practiced or anything. I've been running at the local health club, so I don’t know what that translates to," Murphy said.  Here's more from around the Association..

  • While confessing that he is biased, guard Jamal Crawford said that he believes the Clippers are now the deepest team in the NBA.  In addition to Crawford, the Clippers added key veterans such as Grant Hill, Lamar Odom, and Willie Green to the fold this summer.
  • Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel doesn't see the Celtics holding a fire sale mid-season, even if they falter somewhat.  Coach Doc Rivers will likely ration Kevin Garnett's minutes throughout the season in order to preserve him for the playoffs, so their record may not reflect where they are competitively.
  • Mavericks big man Elton Brand says that he'll miss Curry's sizable presence in the paint, Price writes.  At the same time, Brand notes that he is excited about the addition of Murphy and the tenacity that he brings.
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