Nets looking to trade Troy Murphy

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The Nets traded for Troy Murphy this summer because he could provide some scoring punch at the four, mentor Derrick Favors and was a $12 million expiring contract.

Now he can be yours. — if the price is right.

The Nets are looking to trade Murphy, according to the Star-Ledger
, with their source saying it would “probably” happen. This isn’t a total shock, is name had already come up in the four-team deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to Denver that fell apart before the season.

It will probably happen much closer to the deadline if it does, but he is on the market.

He has been beat out of his starting job by Kris Humphries (also in the last year of his deal) and the rookie Favors is contributing a lot more than expected early on. They don’t need him.

They are going to have to play him at some point to showcase him, but if he is healthy he is a reasonably good stretch four with a massive expiring contract. Somebody is going to have interest in that. The question is what would the Nets take on in return, this is a team trying to keep its options open to get a future free agent star. Unless, of course, you want to send them one for Murphy (*cough* Denver *cough*).

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.