Troy Murphy sidelined with back strain

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets power forward Troy Murphy will be sidelined indefinitely with a lower back injury.

The Nets says an MRI performed Friday confirmed a low back strain and inflammation. Murphy will not accompany the Nets on their upcoming trip to Russia and China. He will be reevaluated when the team returns.

The New Jersey native was acquired this summer as part of a four-team deal. He has averaged 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in his previous nine seasons.

His best season came in 2004-05 with the Warriors, when he averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds.