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Blazers interested in Marcus Camby?

Feb 15, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

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According to the twitter of trade rumor guru Adrian  Wojnarowski, the Blazers have offered the Clippers a package of Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw for Clippers center Marcus Camby. 
All contracts involved would be expiring, although the Clippers could receive some cash considerations in the deal. The Blazers are still trying to get a center who would replace the injured Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla. In fact, the Blazers reportedly offered the same Blake/Outlaw package to the Wizards for center Brendan Haywood before he was traded to the Mavericks. 
The Clippers are attempting to get the Blazers to swallow Sebastian Telfair’s deal in exchange for Camby’s services. Telfair has a 2.7 million dollar player option next year that he will likely exercise. The one-time high school sensation was once a Portland lottery pick. After Telfair’s rookie season, the Blazers were pleased enough with his development that they felt comfortable trading down in the draft instead of getting Chris Paul. Telfair has always been quick and a talented passer in the open floor, but has never been able to play defense or score effectively at the NBA level. 
If the Clippers are unable to entice Portland to eat Telfair’s contract, this deal would be all about getting some good will around the league and increasing their chances in the upcoming lottery. Camby has continued to play well this season, even as the Clippers have imploded around him. 
The Blazers have managed to stay in the playoff hunt even with all their injuries. If they can complete this trade, they could pose a serious threat to any team that faces them in the first round. 
  1. Bill - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Please not Steve Blake. How about Outlaw and Paddy Mills?

  2. Anonymous - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Sounds like more of Portland hoping other teams give them decent players for their junk. Well, guess you can’t blame them since there’s more than a little precedent for those kinds of trades, but unless Dunleavy bites it sounds like the Blazers will again finish the trading deadline sitting on their hands. Par for the course for a team that seems to overrate all of its players.

  3. Jim - Feb 16, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    “Sounds like more of Portland hoping other teams give them decent players for their junk. Well, guess you can’t blame them since there’s more than a little precedent for those kinds of trades, but unless Dunleavy bites it sounds like the Blazers will again finish the trading deadline sitting on their hands. Par for the course for a team that seems to overrate all of its players.”
    This makes me laugh on so many different levels. Must be a Portland hater…Laker fan?
    First off, Blake would be instant help for the clippers it would allow them to spread the floor and give Davis a kick out man, who is more than able to hit the 3 ball and effectively run a team. That is not even getting into the Outlaw part of this would be deal. I think Portland offering Outlaw is a mistake. In the hunt for 6th man of the year, last year. Outlaw has a talent level that in the right system could be close to Stacey Augmon in his prime, IMHO. I don’t think that will ever happen in Portland simply because of the log jam of talent we have at the 3, 4 spots.
    Second, These two guys for a 6-11, 35+ yr old guy? that’s not a bad trade for a team like the clippers, who have Griffin waiting in the wings. Now add to that the fact that all the would be players in the trade have expiring contracts and you must come up with the deduction that maybe, just maybe the Clippers are looking to keep their cap clear for 2010 free agent market. While they get two guys, that once Outlaw is healthy again in a week or so, can come right in and contribute. Portland gets a big man that can help them make a push into the playoffs and they wont have to pay him after Joel and GO come back next year. Portland also makes much needed room for current talent to play and grow. Add a draft pick from Portland and I think both parties come out looking good in this trade. To say that Portland is getting rid of trash or sitting on their hands with this deal, is being ignorant.

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