The Associated Press

Reports: F Murphy Chooses Celtics

In this file photo taken Dec. 5, 2010, New Jersey Nets' Troy Murphy (7) moves with the ball as former Celtics' Semih Erden defends. (AP)

In this Dec. 5, 2010 photo, Nets' Troy Murphy (7) moves with the ball as former Celtic Semih Erden defends. (AP)

BOSTON — Free-agent forward Troy Murphy has decided to join the Boston Celtics over the Miami Heat, reported on Tuesday.

The Boston Globe confirmed the agreement later Tuesday.

Murphy, 30, was traded from the New Jersey Nets to the Golden State Warriors last week, but was then bought out of his contract. Once a free agent, he spent the next few days mulling several offers, most notably from Boston and Miami.

Murphy, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound former first-round pick out of Notre Dame, averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last season with the Indiana Pacers. With the Nets, though, the New Jersey native averaged just 3.6 and 4.2 this season. He played in just 18 games with New Jersey.

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