Warriors acquire Murphy and draft pick from Nets

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Warriors acquire Murphy and draft pick from Nets

Feb. 23, 2011

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OAKLAND The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward Troy Murphy from the New Jersey Nets, along with the Nets 2012 second round draft pick, in exchange for forward Brandan Wright and center Dan Gadzuric, the team announced today.Murphy, 30, has appeared in 18 games this season for the Nets, averaging 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per contest. Originally drafted by Golden State with the 14th selection in the 2001 NBA Draft, Murphy has appeared in 639 regular-season games over 10 seasons with Golden State, Indiana and New Jersey, averaging 11.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.0 minutes per contest.Wright, who the Warriors acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats in a draft night trade on July 28, 2007, has appeared in 21 games this season, averaging 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest. For his career, the 23-year-old has appeared in 98 regular season games over three-plus seasons and currently owns career averages of 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest.
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Gadzuric, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks on October 20, 2010, appeared in 28 games for the Warriors this season, averaging 2.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest. The 33-year-old center, who has appeared in 511 regular-season games over eight-plus seasons with Milwaukee & Golden State, currently owns career averages of 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.Courtesy Golden State Warriors media services

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.