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Report: Marcus Camby already tells Raptors he wants a buyout or trade

Jul 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Camby gestures while waiting for foul shot by Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

Marcus Camby has two years left on his current contract, and that’s likely about how much longer his NBA career is going to last (he’s 39 now).

He wants to spend those years playing for a contender in games that matter, chasing a ring. He doesn’t want to be the veteran teacher on a rebuilding team.

Like Toronto. Which is where he got traded as part of the Andrea Bargnani deal, and he wasn’t happy when it happened. That trade can’t be consummated until July 10 but Camby has already told the Raptors he wants out, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

Marcus Camby isn’t officially a Raptor yet, but has already asked for either a buyout or trade so he can join a contending club and could soon be on the free-agent market, The Post has learned….

“We have a great deal of respect for and faith in the new management of the Raptors,’’ Camby’s agent Rick Kaplan said. “So something is likely to work out for all involved.’’

There is not a ton new here, the Raptors are reportedly already shopping him. No, Camby cannot return to the Knicks, the CBA prevents it.

But there is no shortage of contenders who could use a veteran rim protector with a solid midrange shot. The question for the Raptors is what they get out of the deal — they are not just going to pay Camby to go to another team.

  1. cmehustle - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Well. That was fast.

  2. loubearkane - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    There you go LA your 2nd place prize.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      He said a contender. LA is far from that this season.

      • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        I think he meant the Clippers. It felt weird saying that.

  3. blitzinc43 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Alla Alonzo Mourning

  4. buffalo65 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Trade him to the heat for Bosh. Miami could use the upgrade.

  5. minilb - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Camby would be a nice addition to the Bulls, swap Boozer for Camby.

    • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      That darn salary cap thing…

  6. dannywsuarez - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    He should’ve gone to the Heat last year. NYK are a joke. Now he’s a Raptor HAHAHAHA, That is what you get for saying no to the champs. BIRD MAN has a ring.

    • saintlaron - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:46 AM

      LOLOLOL

  7. knightrider1755 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Last season, Marcus Camby turned down an offer from the Heat to accept an offer from the Knicks for more money. Now that he’s gotten the money he wanted, he’s looking to get a ring.

  8. money2long - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    hello brooklyn

  9. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Ha hes getting paid to do nothing, why is he bitching

  10. cantonbound13 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Nice backup for Howard in Golden State

  11. kingmiedus - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    If you can’t find a deal the guy, tell him to accept a buyout of $0, play or retire. His choice.

    • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Leverage definitely in Raptors court, you are right on.

  12. dale19357116 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Camby,we need another “BAD BROTHER” IN “MIAMI”.

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