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Camby postpones Heat visit, will meet with Knicks, as Nets come in as dark horse

Jul 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

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Remember what we told you about Marcus Camby and the Heat and visiting and maybe a sign-and-trade?

Yeah, chill on that.

From the Miami Herald:

Free agent center Marcus Camby’s scheduled Saturday visit to South Florida to meet with the Heat was postponed Saturday morning because the Heat no longer has its $3.1 million mid level exception (which is going to Ray Allen) and Camby wants to see if there’s a possibility if the Heat and Houston Rockets can work out a sign-and-trade that would deliver him a salary in that range or higher.

via Camby postpones Heat visit; sign and trade discussed; Van Gundys, others react to Allen pickup | Sports Buzz.

Meanwhile from CBSSports.com:

The Knicks have the non-guaranteed contracts of Dan Gadzuric, Jerome Jordan and Josh Harrelson, giving them the edge in a Camby sign-and-trade with pieces that could become cap-clearing chips allowing Houston to take on more salary in an eventual trade for Howard or other deals.

The Nets also have entered the Camby chase, with GM Billy King pursuing the 38-year-old center “pretty hard,” according to a source. It is not clear whether this is an indication that the Nets believe their chances of landing Howard are diminishing; sources say Camby is being targeted as a backup in Brooklyn to either Howard or Brook Lopez. Depending on the timing of possible sign-and-trades for their own free agents — chiefly Lopez and Kris Humphries — the Nets have the ability to take on significant salary in a trade with Houston or Orlando.

via Rockets pushing hard for Dwight Howard, using Marcus Camby as bait – CBSSports.com.

OK, so Camby likes the Heat but wants more money and the Heat and Rockets have to pull off a sign-and-trade for it to work. That can happen, but unless the Heat move forward with it and stop celebrating Ray Day, Camby’s not coming to visit. Meanwhile, he’s talking to the Knicks who have dealt with Daryl Morey before, but who also have very little to offer. The Nets are now in the running as they enter this lovely superstar team-up era, and have the ability to trade for Camby using any of their available free agents in a sign-and-trade.

Got it?

Camby’s going to be a major pick-up for any of those teams. The Heat have long missed having a legit center with size, as they went to small ball in the playoffs and Joel Anthony was slid from the rotation. The Knicks need depth badly behind Tyson Chandler, as they were without any supporting depth in the frontcourt last year. And the Nets could have Brook Lopez, they could have Dwight Howard, and either way, they need a backup center. If they keep Lopez, they’ll especially need Camby’s rebounding.

Miami is going to have to show it really wants Camby to get him. But Miami also has Greg Oden who could be available once he recovers, if he recovers. The Heat have a lot going on, and might be reluctant to give up Norris Cole.  But if they don’t, the Knicks will go after him, or the Nets.

One way or another, Camby’s going to get paid and feel wanted.

  1. asublimeday - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    The NBA is going to boarder on unwatchable next season. Without rose and the bulls, the heat are going to trounce their way to the finals. Hopefully Nash and kobe can stop them.

    • miamatt - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      You misspelled “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!”

    • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      In case you missed it, ratings were up this past season cuz casual fans tuned in like crazy to see all the Lebron hoopla. If the Heat become the Yankees of basketball, that fuels more hate, which in turn will probably mean more viewership.

  2. lookitsgreen - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    VISIT THE CELTICS CAMBY!!!

  3. thestudiokida - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Poor Camby; every time he finds a new home he gets traded and feels betrayed. The same will probably happen here. He’ll have one good season with somebody then the situation will change and his contract will become a bargaining chip.

  4. jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Dear Marcus,
    You will more than make up for the salary with the ring you win and being on national tv nightly if you go to the Heat. But of course if you don’t like attention and would prefer less money now than more money later, by all means…go elsewhere

  5. miamatt - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    I’d love to see Camby come down to play for the Heat, but I wouldn’t give up Norris Cole either. There is only so much young talent that Miami will be able to get their hands on for the next 5+ years, they need to hold on to guys like Cole when they get them. As I said before, if the Heat can’t get this done for picks, forget it.

    Signing aging vets will be the primary way this Heat team retools for the foreseeable future, but having some youth developing on this roster needs to be part of the plan as well. Otherwise, win now mode could become won yesterday mode.

    • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      I wouldn’t give up Cole either. He plays defense where Chalmers can’t.

      I would work on Joel Anthony’s offense during the summer. If we can get him to even average 10 pts per game, we’ll be alright. He already plays great defense.

  6. finsfan71 - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Go to the Knicks, Marcus…..(yawn)

  7. cantonbound13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    As usual Kurt sounds like he’s pulling for the Heat. What’s the matter Kurt, was Miamiheat.com already taken before you started this site? Maybe LeBronasskisser.com is available? Better hurry before 1972wasalongtimeago grabs it.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      You should check who wrote the story.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      lol, seriously, the guy didnt even write the article, how about cutting him a break.

    • doctordunkenstein - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      You sir, are an idiot.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      It’s just blind hate at this point. It doesn’t make sense but cantonbum still needs to spew daily.

  8. isujames - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    So he basically doesn’t want to win a championship next year, he wants to go to a mediocre team that has no chance of getting a ring.I thought the NYK had T. Chandler anyway.

  9. bchapman2011 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    The way the Nets keep on going after players it looks more and more like they have moved on from Dwight Howard. It was questionable as to whether they could afford him after trading for Joe Johnson and since then they have signed two additional free agents with no sign of stopping anytime in the near future. Good for them. It is about time Howard sees some ramifications for his actions.

    • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Not necessarily. To get talent you have to give up some talent, and right now the Nets don’t really have anybody to offer Orlando other than draft picks. So what’s stopping them from shipping Joe Johnson and whoever they’ve just signed to Orlando for Howard??

      They could easily just be putting themselves in position to offer a better package for Howard.

  10. rodge1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Camby is not worth trading Cole away. There has to be another big-man that can make layups somewhere out there. Miami will probably get Rashard Lewis instead.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    He’ll make 3X in NY, but it costs 3X to live in NY.

  12. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    So you’re telling me Marcus Camby is still in the NBA. Interesting.

  13. legend83 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    If Greg Oden signs in Miami and all of a sudden decided to stay healthy, and become a great rebounder. The league would be in trouble

  14. golfrangeman - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Perfect for Miami !! Defends,blocks shots, and doesn’t need touches

  15. deeballer - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    He’d be nice to have, but not worth the same money they paid for Ray Allen. Camby can go on in his obscure way and not win a ring. Keep chasing that mid level exception elsewhere. You won’t find it in Miami.

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