The Chicago Bulls released rookie forward Erik Murphy this week.
The move seemed a little strange since Murphy does not have a large contract because he was only a second round pick (the Bulls took the former Florida Gators’ standout with the 49th overall pick in last summer’s draft).
Whatever the reasoning was for cutting Murphy may be unknown (despite his low salary, it’s likely a money issue as the Bulls maneuver the luxury tax), but according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, he is expected to draw plenty of interest on the open market.
Will be surprising if rookie Erik Murphy, waived by the Chicago Bulls today, goes unclaimed. Around the league, there’s interest in him.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 4, 2014
According to Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal, the Milwaukee Bucks are one time that could scoop up Murphy.
Bucks apparently interested in claiming forward Erik Murphy, who was just released by Bulls.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) April 5, 2014
The Bucks have the worst record in the league and need help everywhere, so taking a chance (and it wouldn’t be a risk at all) on a young player like Murphy makes sense.
Murphy appeared in just 24 games for the Bulls this season. He is averaging 0.3 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 2.6 minutes per game.