Despite his benching on Wednesday night, Troy Murphy was not tipping his hand about his unhappiness with the situation. With the beat writers swarming him yesterday, here’s what Murphy said:
Murphy wasn’t biting. As he repeated over and over, “It is what it is,” laughing with writers about his unflappable ability to deflect all questions with that one phrase, Murphy may be too savvy to criticize or complain about his situation as the $12 million 13th man, but that doesn’t mean he has to play to every script.
In the report, the Daily News’ Stefan Bondy suggests the best solution for Murphy is a trade for Carmelo Anthony – I guess assuming that would open up a spot in the rotation if Favors is moved, or perhaps Murphy is shipped out as well. I don’t know if that’s Troy’s only option. He clearly needs to get into better playing shape, and there’s no reason to believe Kris Humphries is going to be a double-double machine for the rest of the season. Let’s see what happens in the next month before determining where Murphy is going to end up.