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It’s official: Raptors reach buyout with Marcus Camby

Jul 17, 2013, 4:43 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

Marcus Camby will soon be a free agent.

From the moment he was shipped back to Toronto in the Andrea Bargnani trade, Camby has been clear he didn’t want to play for the Raptors. He’s got a couple years left in the league, playing the role of backup big off the bench for the league minimum, and he wants to do that where he can get a ring.

Toronto has cool with that and the sides reached a buyout agreement, the Raptors announced. He was placed on waivers, which he certainly will clear. He was owed $8.5 million for the next two seasons but only $1 million of that was guaranteed.

This makes Camby an unrestricted free agent. The Bulls, Rockets and Clippers are reportedly interested, and you can expect a few other teams to throw their hat in the ring.

When healthy — he has only played in 43 games combined the past two seasons — he can still defend in the paint and has a midrange jumper you have to respect. But he’s not a big impact player for any of these teams.

  1. money2long - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    bulls or clippers bro. but i see you looking at the heat tho.

    • rohlo - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:24 AM

      he lives in houston and played there before..i can see him going back to H-TOWN…

  2. thekingdave - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    He talked about wanting to retire a Rocket when acquired during the 2012 season to stay close to his home in Pearland. They shipped him to NY before the Harden trade when 2012-2013 seemed like a guaranteed lottery season. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him back.

    • money2long - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      if talk is out about dwight’s fit with the schemes in houston, u think the thought didnt cross camby’s mind ? who knows though

    • casualcommenter - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      No playing time though behind Howard and Asik at center.

      So a Houston reunion depends on him accepting only spot-up duty in blowouts.

  3. thekingdave - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Talks attributed to the “legendary” Mike D’Antoni. Next subject.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Yep, not sure I care too much about scheme-fit opinions coming from Mike “Let’s Try Making Pau Gasol a Stretch-4″ D’Antoni.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Bring it to the Heat, Marcus! They just opened a roster spot so take it before it gets wasted on Oden’s corpse.

  5. buffalo65 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Should have pick Shariff Abdur Rahim

  6. knightrider1755 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    If Camby really wanted a ring he would have accepted the Heat’s offer last season to play for them. Instead, he went to play for the knicks for more money.

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