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Report: Raptors looking to flip Marcus Camby to contender

Jul 2, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

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

Part of the trade that brings Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks — because an oft-injured three-point shooting big man who doesn’t rebound, is a poor defender and is owed $22 million over the next two years was a need in New York — flipped veteran big man Marcus Camby to the Raptors.

Toronto is who drafted Camby, but it’s not where he wants to play now — he wants to finish his career out on a contender. If not, he might just decide to walk away and retire.

The Raptors don’t want to get nothing for Camby, so trade options are being explored, reports Doug Smith at the Toronto Sun.

Camby, originally drafted by the Raptors in 1996, isn’t likely to ever suit up for Toronto; he wants to end a long career trying to win a championship.

Toronto sources say Ujiri does not yet have a landing spot for Camby but the Raptors GM does have more than a week to find a way to flip him for some other asset. Not doing so risks having to buy Camby out of the last guaranteed year of his contract and get nothing in return for the veteran centre.

The Raptors will be making other moves, also. Well, unless you think Dwane Casey can rind a rotation that could play DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Terrence Ross, Landry Fields, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson and Linas Kleiza out on the wings during games. Good luck with that. So expect a couple more deals out of Toronto.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Masai is doing work up in Toronto,they finally might be able to make the playoffs. Also big mistake when they signed Landry fields to that big contract just to get him out of New York…

    • d57fan - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Doing work? Really? based on what exactly? LET’S OVERREACT to a nothing trade that still leaves a terrible team in the worst possible situation…mediocre with no chance of contending or getting #1 draft pick! Every new GM that comes into every single sports franchise in Toronto gets the same thing…..the bottom line is the fans are the dumbest in North America.

  2. thekingdave - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If Camby couldn’t get off the bench for the Knicks, how is he worth giving up an asset for a contender?

  3. howsmyrash - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I think the Bulls are a logical fit for Camby if they don’t resign Nazr. Also if the Thunder amnesty Perkins he could go there. And you can’t have a washed up big without mentioning the Heat.

    • soflasfinest - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      We don’t want or need him. Back to back boy. Recognize

  4. chip56 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I realize it’s only natural to mock the Knicks for picking up Bargnani but the deal does make sense for the Knicks:

    1. It clears two players with long term deals who weren’t going to be used much in Camby and Novak.
    2. The first round pick that they sent is actually going to be meaningless because, even if it was the first pick in the draft, the Knicks weren’t going to keep it. Denver has the right to flip picks.
    3. Having a big who can draw a defender away from the basket by shooting from outside will free up the lane for Melo to drive to the basket
    4. It gives the Knicks a massive, expiring contract to deal next year.

  5. saint1997 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Don’t trade Terrence Ross. Just don’t.

  6. navyeoddavee9 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Bulls signed Nazr to a I Yr deal

  7. jerdogthompson - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Come back to the Clipps Marcus, we can offer a vet min for ya. Nothing more.

  8. flyingvien - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    LOL centre

  9. eboneseagles - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    People think this was such a good trade for the raptors, but their return for Bargs sucks. Novak is trash in the playoffs when it matters and can’t play a lick of D ever, Qrich got a 3 year deal in the sign and trade and isn’t even an NBA caliber player anymore, Camby can’t really do anything and doesn’t even want to be there and the first rounder isn’t going to be anything decent because it’s late first round either way. Bad trade for both sides, although in a new setting maybe 2010-2012 Bargs comes back.

    • knodtl1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      It frees up some cap space, which is the important thing, plus, do you really think half of their wing players are gonna remain on that team, they will probably trade for a forward or a pg.

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