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REPORT: Portland trades Blake and Outlaw for Camby

Feb 16, 2010, 1:57 PM EST

Camby.jpgUpdate 2/16 1:55 pm This trade is official, the Blazers were handing out the perfunctory press release to the media at shoot around today.

Update 2/16 11:54 AM After an initial step-back in terms of the finalization of this deal, Yahoo’s Marc Spears is now reporting that the trade has been completed. The Blazers will also send $3 million in cash considerations to the Clippers.

2/16 2:31 am Ric Bucher of ESPN is reporting that the Portland Trailblazers have traded Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Marcus Camby.

Well, then.

Okay, for Portland it means an absolute homerun. Again. Not only does it provide them with a legitimate big man to take the place of their unfathomably injury-destroyed frontline, but Camby represents a $7.6 million expiring contract. So they get to rent a terrific inside defender and clear up cap space for this summer. Blake was largely a confounding factor in the Blazers’ backcourt logjam. Outlaw had been a solid player for several years for the Blazers, but the move had to be done with the injury situation down low for the Blazers with Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla both out for the season.

For the Clippers? Nearly $9 million in expiring contracts, and no huge loss in personnel with Blake Griffin (hopefully) coming back next season. This was a lost season for the Clippers anyway (a familiar predicament), so the addition of Outlaw and Blake don’t help much.

The next ripple effect, though, may be for Al Thornton, who was rumored to be on the block regardless. Thornton was thought to be expendable before the trade, and now finds himself in a logjam at the wing position, and is a young, talented scorer who is a restricted free agent in the summer of the potential lockout.

We’re just getting started, folks.

  1. Josh - Feb 16, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    Amazing deal. Portland and KP do it again!

  2. joe - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    might move up to 4or 5 with roy back soon

  3. Randall - Feb 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Excellent. Shame we had to lose Blake, but twas worth it. Hopefully they’ll have the sense to resign Camby, it’s obvious they can’t count on Oden.

  4. Brooklyn Kid - Feb 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Yeah good pick-up, but they can’t get past the Mamba and the Lakers.
    Oden has bad wheels at this young age, Blazer fans could mistake him for Bill Walton

  5. Flipsy - Feb 16, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    How does Portland clear cap space this summer if they send out expiring contracts?

  6. Sportster Bob - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Wow!! Denver should have snatched Marcus up when he was available. Camby Man would’ve been a perfect addition in helping the Nuggets make a stronger run for the championship.

  7. Anonymous - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Umm, they got one back?

  8. Mike - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    There will be no mistaking Oden for Walton. Walton was a baller who did it all. Perhaps Sam Bowie is a better comparison…..

  9. blazermaniac - Feb 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Come on Mike, give the kid a chance, Sam Bowie? I understand he’s had more injuries 3 years than a player should have in 10, but there were flashes of awesomeness early this year. I’m choosing to stay positive on Greg and hope he comes back at the end of this season or start of next, stronger and wiser.

  10. Mike - Feb 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Fair enough, but he’s still no Walton. Just ask Kareem….

  11. Anonymous - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    I love Marcus Camby, he rules, nice job KP!

  12. Brandon roy #7 - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    I love this new addition to our team, Go Blazers!

  13. Richard - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    What is really depressing is the amazing transparency concerning the lack of or Representation in the NBA among Caucasian Americans!!
    It’s to P.C of an issue for weak willed and weak minded sports people to ever take up!!!No wonder why the NBA’s viewership continues to fall every year!!In a country where white people(anglos or latinos)make up the OVERWHELMING majority of the populous it is very discouraging and also very suspicious to have such LOW % of either of the groups I belong to!
    Richard Ruiz

  14. Robert Slatton - Feb 20, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    Very good post. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Logitech Trackball - Feb 20, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

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