To make room for Murphy, Dallas waived center Eddy Curry after only two games this season, still leaving the Mavs roster at the required 15 players. In two games, Curry averaged 4.5 points a game, although he did contribute to Dallas' huge season-opening win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to ESPNDallas.com, Dallas decided that they needed more of a hybrid power forward/center type of player in Murphy, with starting center Chris Kaman set to return from his calf injury in time for Saturday's home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. With Kaman back, Brandan Wright can go back to his more traditional backup center role. This might allow the Mavs to improve on their rebounding, which has been suspect in the team's first two games.
With Dirk Nowitzki still recovering from knee surgery, Murphy can stretch the floor similar to how Nowitzki normally does. Murphy is a career 39 percent three-point shooter.
However, Murphy has been a player used rarely over the past three seasons. Though he does have experience with head coach Rick Carlisle, playing for him with the Indiana Paces in the 2006-2007 season. That was after Murphy was traded to the Pacers midseason from the Golden State Warriors.
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