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Marcus Camby not pleased to be traded to Raptors

Jul 1, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

New York Knicks center Camby walks off the court after their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City Reuters

When he signed with the Knicks last year, Marcus Camby said, “Hopefully I can end my career in New York with a championship.” He didn’t say “Hopefully I can spend one year in New York and then continue retracing my career backward by getting traded to the rebuilding Raptors.”

So, predictably, Camby wasn’t exactly thrilled to be included in the Andrea Bargnani trade.

After previously expressing expressing his displeasure with his role last season – playing just three minutes in the playoffs – Camby combined both complaints into a single statement. Camby, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t given a meaningful opportunity to contribute last season in New York,” Camby said in the statement. “I was really looking forward to the upcoming year as a chance to show the organization what they missed out on last year, and pushing our team towards the Finals.”

“I have nothing but positive things to say about the city of Toronto and its great fans, having been drafted by the Raptors 17 years ago,” Camby said. “Given that my goal at this point in my career is to have a shot at a championship, however, I’ll have to evaluate my options going forward. I’ve enjoyed a great career and under the right circumstances I hope to continue making an impact in the league.”

Camby could always forfeit some of his guaranteed salary to take a buyout – I’m sure the Raptors would be thrilled if he offered – and then sign with a contender. Camby’s contract is guaranteed for $4,383,773 in 2013-14 and $1,025,890 in 2014-15. Already 39, Camby is running out of time to win a championship.

If Camby wants to keep his money, good for him. He earned it.

But, more likely than not, the choice between keeping his guaranteed dollars and chasing a championship belongs to him.

Of course, chasing a championship could get complicated. There’s no guarantee a title contender would want to sign him, even for a minimum contract. Plus, one potential suitor, the Knicks, aren’t permitted to sign him for a year following the trade.

Camby is probably best off sucking it up and making his money in Toronto or just retiring.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    He’s not playing a single game for the Raptors this season.

    • alildusty - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      4.3 million dollars to ride the bench is an awesome way to ride off into the sunset IMO. Great retirement fund.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Dude, it’s not like you have to go to another country, geez.

      • borderline1988 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        He’s going to complain and complain…but I’m sure he’s not willing to give up the money haha.
        He’s trying to paint himself as being a guy who’s stuck between a rock and hard place…but this is his choice, he can get himself bought out and then join any team he wants. Nobody is doing anything to him. In fact, he’s getting paid $4 million to do nothing.

  2. sportsnut101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I’m sure he didn’t complain when he signed a 3yr deal at his age Just take a buyout n sign with a team. U due 4.4 mil so take 3.0 mill on buyout n join a contender u will make at least 1.1 mil sumwhere else over two yrs. stop crying u scrub

  3. jzone954 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Mr Camby…..TRUST ME…..you weren’t making the finals this upcoming season anyway

    • kingkongdong94 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      lol…I dont get how he complains as if he was making a big difference in NY anyways.

    • uptjeff - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Exactly. Any team with Melo will never win a championship.

      • mannyfresh209 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I think the more accurate comment would’ve been, “Any team with Melo, as the best player on the team, will never win a championship.” Haha

      • nullstadt - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Jim Boeheim would beg to differ.

  4. doctorfootball - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    That’s the nature of the business, Marcus. You could always retire, no? But then you’d be leaving a lot of money on the table. So enjoy Toronto and the 4.3 million dollar seat you’ve been asked to take with them.

  5. malek773 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    He should take a buyout and sign with the Bulls for the vet minimum. They need a backup center and he fits the scheme pretty well.

  6. packhawk04 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    He still attempts to play?

  7. ryanrockzzz - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    How many times have we seen an athelete say this/take “less” money to sign with a contender, only to see the team they left/didn’t want to play for have a better season.

    Not to say that is going to happen this year if he leaves the Raptors (who have no real chance), but it’s not like the Knicks are going to the Finals either…way to many holes still.

  8. jcrileyesq - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    should buy out and take his talents to south beach

    • soflasfinest - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      No thanks! He had a chance to join the Heat last year but decided to try again with the Knicks. What a fool, he should’ve known better. His loss and a huge gain for us by getting Birdman. Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve mr. Camby

  9. mannyfresh209 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I remember last summer, when Camby chose the Knicks over the Heat. If you wanted playing time, smart choice going to NYK. If you wanted a Championship, turrible choice, Marcus. Turrible.

  10. kanemoney - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    This is his last paycheck. The math is simple. He has 5mil on the table. Of he gets bought out for 3mil and signs with another team for 1mil, he just left 1mil on the table. I would have a hard time passing up a million bucks knowing I may never work again.

  11. madnova - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Buy out and then sign with the Nets.

    Leave one team of old fogies for another right across town.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Man the Nets’ roster actually looks pretty formidable this upcoming season.

      Lopez, Garnett, Pierce, Johnson, Williams starting 5. Could do big things and allows KG to go back to the PF position.

  12. reesesteel23 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Its your own fault……..chose Carmelo and JR over Lebron, Wade, Bosh and Allen

  13. mdac1012 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Camby might have played more if he could actually get up and down the court. He looked real old and slow last season.

  14. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Hes getting paid to do nothing, why is he bitching..

  15. doctordunkenstein - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Should’ve came to miami when he had the chance…have fun in Toronto this winter Marcus!!

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Serves him right. lol

  16. knightrider1755 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Camby passed on the Heat’s offer to join them last season to play with the Knicks for more money. Had the greed not gotten to him, he could’ve played with the Heat and won a championship this year.

  17. hojo20 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    The NBA should move the Raptors anywhere in the US. No one wants to play in Canada.

  18. mrlitl - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    @evilempire

    I saw what u did there.

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