Murray signs with Pacers for rest of season

Updated: March 2, 2008, 9:05 PM ET
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Cast off by the Pistons, Ronald "Flip" Murray is staying in the Eastern Conference and will try to help the Indiana Pacers qualify for the playoffs.

The Pistons placed the guard on waivers last month. Murray chose the Pacers over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It was a tough decision," Murray said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "We were almost there [with the Clippers] then a call came from [Indiana] causing a change of plans real quick."

Murray signed with Indiana for the rest of the season. He'll back up point guard Travis Diener.

Murray, who signed as a free agent with the Pistons in July 2006, averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 19 games this season, going into Sunday's game.

He made his debut with 7:54 left in Indiana's 128-106 win over Milwaukee on Sunday and scored four points.

The five-year pro has played in 309 NBA games with Detroit, Milwaukee, Seattle and Cleveland.

The Pacers (24-36) are currently 2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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