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Bucks making play for Pacers' Murphy before deadline


The Milwaukee Bucks have been active in their pursuit of a power forward to pair next to center Andrew Bogut, multiple league sources told on Tuesday. Because the Bucks do not project to be under the cap this summer -- as opposed to 2011, when the contracts of Michael Redd ($18.3 million) and Dan Gadzuric ($7.2 million) come off the books -- Milwaukee has expressed willingness to take on players with contracts that run through next season.

One option for the Bucks, sources say, is Indiana forward Troy Murphy, who has been made available by the cost-cutting Pacers. Murphy is due $12 million next season and has been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 42 games this season Murphy is averaging 14.0 points and 9.9 rebounds while connecting on 48.7 percent of his field goals, including 38.6 percent of his three point attempts.

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