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Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 5:36 am
Posted by Royce Young

After the trade deadline, comes the buyout deadline. The two really go hand-in-hand. A lot of teams trade for a player that don't want at all just so they can buy them out, open a roster spot and save some money.

It's like the circle of life in the NBA. So far three big names popped up over the weekend for potential buyouts, with a couple new landing spots too.

Rasual Butler to Chicago: The Clippers are trying to clean up some of the excess fat on the roster and they started by buying out forward Rasual Butler. According to, terms were reached Sunday for Butler to be bought out by the Clippers. He had a couple places mentioned for where he could go like Boston, Oklahoma City, Atlanta and New York, but it looks like he'll be inking with the Bulls.

The Bulls have been hunting wing help and while they went hard after O.J. Mayo, they came up short on getting him. Butler's not exactly the perfect piece or anything to get all excited about, but he is a veteran that can shoot and will likely make some sort of impact in the Chicago rotation. Last season he averaged he averaged 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds, This season his numbers have sunk to 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds and he's at 32.3 percent from 3.

Troy Murphy has Miami and Boston on target: Initially, it was assumed the Warriors would buy out Murphy as soon as they got him from New Jersey. But as the deadline approached, the Warriors saw an opportunity to get another pick out of the forward. That didn't happen so as originally expected, Murphy was bought out by Golden State.

A couple places have popped up as potential destinations for the left-handed power forward, but it appears to be down to Boston and Miami. New York was thought to be in the mix, but it doesn't appear the Knicks will pursue. The Celtics have been interested in Murphy since word of the buyout popped up, but the Heat are kind of a surprise contender for him.

Mike Bibby nearing a buyout:
It's not a certainty, but as the Washington Post reports, Bibby and his agent scheduled a meeting with the Wizards to discuss terms of a buyout. Bibby is an older veteran and likely has little interest in playing backup point guard on a lottery team. He was sent to Washington in a deal that brought the Hawks Kirk Hinrich.

The Wizards reportedly tried to trade Bibby, who will earn $5.56 million this season and $6.21 million next year, as soon as they acquired him. The only way Bibby is getting out of Washington though is if he takes a major paycut. Boston and Miami are both said to be interested in pursuing, but they'll likely only hand out the veteran minimum to Bibby. So if he wants to latch on to a playoff team, he'll have to settle for less. Way less.


Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:18 am

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

My search for a talking oxymoron is over with the appearance of Dolphan23.  A Boston Celtics fan, a Miami Dolphin fan.  Dolphins fans hate New England and Celtics fans hate Miami (as of late).  This is just like the Starburst commercial with the Asian-Irishman, but that was fake...

Back to the topic at hand... When a player in the NFL gets cut during a season, he must clear waivers before "choosing" where he wants to play.  This means every team has a chance to grab him against his will.  Apparently waivers mean nothing in the NBA if it is a foregone conclusion that every "bought-out" player will go where he wants to go.  (Or am I thinking of this incorrectly?)

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 7:37 am

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Stefins, are you as dumb as you sound? What is the NBS? National Ball Sucking? And a buyout is rather self explanatory. They buy out... see how ingenious that is... the contract of a player. Ends the contract, both parties go home happy. Team spends less money and loses a player they don't want; player still gets paid and can go to another team and make more money that he doesn't deserve.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:23 am

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

What does that even mean????

Another reason the nbs sucks....

A step above pro- wresting!

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:15 pm

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

He didnt want to come to Boston b/c he knows how much we hate him. When he was with Atlanta we wrecked havoc on him. Go sign with Miami, so Rondo can own you again!

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:13 pm

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Does anybody proof read this stuff?  The grammatical errors are a plenty.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:15 pm

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

What kind of amazing job would it be to be so bad at your job that a team pays you to leave, only to then sign a contract to get paid by another team. This is why the NBA is dying a slow death, idiotic deals by GM's who have no idea what they are doing.  

All that being said, it would be interesting to see if all of those ego's could survive in Miami.  Bibby likes the ball in his hands, which also is the m.o. of every other player on that team.
And why has everyone soured on Murphy so quickly.  He went from a 14/10 guy to someone no one wanted.  Sure his deal might have been bloated, but what NBA players deal isn't?

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:13 pm

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Bibby to the Heat would be big for them.  His defense isnt great but he's a solid ball handler and a reliable shooter. People forget that he lead Arizona to a national title as a freshman and he was a leader and clutch late game shooter on those solid Kings playoff teams.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:03 pm

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

I like your points, but what kind of player is Murphy?  I think he is a little too similar to Bosh and well they have that.  Bibby is the one I would want of the three.  He shots well and is a point guard.  If he picked either team (Boston or Miami), he would help them a lot more than Murphy.  But Murphy is tall and that is needed in Miami.  Will be interesting to say the least.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:40 pm

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

On a lower scale....Bobcats might try to re sign Derrick Brown..he was waived to make way for the deals they made, he has to clear waivers.....anyone want Mo P? (Morris Peterson) he is or was waived...He was a good role player for The Raptors, signed a big deal with New Orleans & tailed off....a story we hear time & time again!

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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:34 pm

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Bibby linking up with The Heat would be scary in my opinion, they need a real veteran point guard there to make things run a little more effeciently, they add Murphy as well it would be a big boost to that bench..I don't think Murphy would want to sign with The Celtics, it's getting to be a little crowded in that front court.I don't even wanna comment on Butler, no more than a bench warmer / role player..Always useful to add a half decent player to the roster though.Must do a lot to a players drive though to go from a losing to a winning situation so late in the year.

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