TWO BITS: Murphy to Celtics, Reed still injured

By Adam Silverstein
September 25, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators forward Erik Murphy, who was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers just this offseason, will be shipped from Cleveland to the Boston Celtics as part of a four-player deal that results in the Cavs acquiring F Keith Bogans.‘s Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman reported the deal Thursday evening. As a result of the move, Murphy will be on his fourth NBA franchise before the start of his second professional season. He was selected with the No. 49 overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls but saw just 2.6 minutes per game in 24 contests before the team waived him on April 3. Two days later, the Utah Jazz claimed Murphy, but he never suited up for the franchise. On July 22, Utah shipped Murphy and two other players to Cleveland for a 2015 second-round draft selection and cash. Murphy spent the summer playing for Finland in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from downtown and 63.6 percent from the charity stripe. The good news for Murphy? The Rhode Island native played high school basketball in Southborough, Massachusetts, and grew up a Celtics fan.

2 » Washington tight end Jordan Reed injured his hamstring in Week 1, and it has already forced him to miss two additional weeks of action. Reed was ruled out of Thursday night’s game early in the week and is also considered doubtful to play for Washington in Week 5 considering he has yet to even practice since suffering the injury. Reed is now on looking to miss 10 of his team’s last 11 NFL games while only playing for about a quarter in the 2014 Week 1 contest. Injuries limited Reed throughout his Florida career and have continued to slow his progress on the professional level. When healthy, Reed racked up 499 yards and three touchdowns in nine games last season, averaging 11.1 yards per catch on 45 receptions. Washington expects him to be a playmaker for the team for years to come…if he can get back on the field.

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Jordan Reed is talented but has been a little injury prone in his short NFL career. I hope that’s just bad luck and not something that will plague him for the rest of his career. Guys that can’t stay on the field sometimes don’t stay in the NFL.

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