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Rockets a ‘leading contender’ to land Marcus Camby once he becomes a free agent

Jul 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Marcus Camby was traded from the Knicks to the Raptors in the deal that brought Andrea Bargnani to New York, but after playing 17 NBA seasons, he had no desire to finish his career with a rebuilding team nowhere near championship contention.

Camby reached a buyout agreement with the Raptors this week, and once he clears waivers on Sunday, the Houston Rockets are expected to be near the top of his list of destinations.

From Mark Berman of

Marcus Camby’s agent Rick Kaplan:”If Marcus becomes a free agent as we expect Sunday the Rockets r a leading contender 4where he’ll end up..

More Rick Kaplan on Marcus Camby: “ season. He had a very positive experience there. He’d be a great fit with the organization.”(more)

More Rick Kaplan on Marcus Camby& Rockets: “It’s his adopted hometown. It’s premature right now.We’ll see what happens in the next few days”

A lot of this seems like agent-speak, frankly, considering that Camby spent just part of the 2011-12 season with the Rockets, and appeared in only 19 games for the franchise during that time.

But what does make sense is the improved roster in place in Houston, which should help the team immediately compete with the elite in the Western Conference. Camby wants to finish his career with a chance to win, and Houston is the fashionable destination of choice at the moment where players are assembling to try to make it happen.

  1. thekingdave - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I’d rather see Camby as well as every seasoned veteran sign with the Heat for the minimum. That way we can once again see 1972 praise the team’s “chemistry, grit, team defense, and hard work”. You see, teams like short on talent like the Heat have to work just a little bit harder than everyone else.

    • qadrir - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Heat will not 3peat they have lots of hole and East will be tougher with West even more tougher. Rockets with D12, Harden and Camby addition will certainly lead to Asik trade for Marcus Aldridge, will be hands down favorite to win 2013-14 Championship.

      • miamatt - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        #1: Seems strange to declare a team that has won back-to-back titles and made three straight finals appearances has “lots of hole.”

        #2: “East will be tougher with West even more tougher.” Good sentence.

        #3: “Rockets with D12, Harden and Camby addition will certainly lead to Asik trade for Marcus Aldridge.” I won’t say it isn’t possible, but that trade becomes certain? No.

        #4 “(the Rockets) will be hands down favorite to win 2013-14 Championship.” A contender? Absolutely. Hands down favorite? Again, no.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      The Heat made an offer to Camby last season but Camby turned it down to join the Knicks for more money. Go figure.

    • thekingdave - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Three cheers for sarcasm

  2. dylude - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Camby lives in Houston and his daughters are still in school here.

    I said it on the last Camby story, that matters more than a lot of what is being reported. He is older and family definitely matters.

  3. thekingdave - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Ugh. Aldridge is not going to Houston. Portland would never accept a Lin/Asik package. I guess I sort of know how the few true Heat fans felt. Here comes the bandwagon.

    • southsidegroovin281 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      True Rockets fan here: You’d be foolish to think that it can’t happen. Asik is in high demand. I dont know about Lin…But Asik and maybe another person(s)/draft pick would make that happen.

      • jackntorres - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Asik is in high demand? And just who do you suppose is banging down the door? If teams were interested in paying him 15 mil next year Morey wouldn’t have to be posturing the franchise with this “we aren’t looking to trade Asik” BS.

      • thekingdave - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Yawn. It’s nice to know that your definition of a true Rockets fan quantifies waking up from a 4 year slumber, seeing Asik in the playoffs, and thinking he has some out of this world value. Aldridge’s makes 14 M and change, they’d have to take Lin to make it work. A) Lin sucks B) They have Lillard. Next.

      • qadrir - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Lin doesn’t suck and fact of the matter is Blazers will love to entice huge Chinese fan base with Lin as a Blazers. So don’t go off making stories. This deal has weight and Lin/Asik combo makes good sense for Marcus Aldridge.

      • thekingdave - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Yes, Lin sucks. If you were a true Rockets fan as you claim, you would have watched game 1 against OKC (hint: it was only the second Rockets game broadcast in Houston for non CSN subscribers). You would have witnessed Lin suffer from arguably one of the worst cases of stage fright in playoff history, as Russell Westbrook absolutely dismantled him in every way imaginable. Luckily Lin’s playing time was cut short to an “injury”, leaving the Rockets with an opportunity to squeak out two games.

    • lianjieroyli - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      As a Miami resident for all my life there should be NO heat fan calling Rockets fan bandwagoners. Absolutely none.

    • qadrir - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      To all Rockets haters, if you for a second think Morey is done tweaking ROX, you’re a fool. He’s planning and orchestrating deals to ensure ROX make noise next season. Marcus Aldridge deal is in the cards he’s not happy with Blazers.
      ROX need a PF and he’s teh best one out there. Blazers are in rebuild and will have ASIK & Dillard as two key elements to build around. Aldridge is option “A” for ROX with a Carlos Boozer as option “B” but no Asik, problem is who BULLS would want in exchange?

      • thekingdave - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Your ignorance rears its head again. If the Bulls wanted Asik they would have simply matched Houston’s offer last offseason. I know you’ve been away from the team for awhile, but I’ll give you a quick primer about the team since you last paid attention 4 years ago. Ron Artest signed with the Lakers, T-Mac was traded to the Knicks in a three team deal with Sacramento which netted us Kevin Martin, and Yao was forced to retire from the NBA due to chronic foot issues. It’s good to have you back though.

    • thekingdave - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Oops wrong guy my bad. Point remains the same.

  4. htownred34 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Not sure where this leaves us with Asik. With Greg smith that makes 4 centers so they might move him, hopefully it’s for Ryan Anderson…

    • jackntorres - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Asik is in high demand? And just who do you suppose is banging down the door? If teams were interested in paying him 15 mil next year Morey wouldn’t have to be posturing the franchise with this “we aren’t looking to trade Asik” BS.

    • jackntorres - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Sorry that post was meant for above. But as for you, the Pelicans are not taking Anderson for anything less than Parsons. Move along.

      • davesmall1 - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Surely you jest. The Rockets wouldn’t trade Parsons for Ryan Anderson. Maybe for Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon but I think Morey would still turn it down and keep Parsons.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I’m tired of hearing about Camby whining and moaning his way out of every contract after he’s traded. He’s seriously done this about three times now. Grow up. Be professional and play out your contracts.

  6. big49er - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    with the resigning of Brooks I could see us moving Lin and Asik.

    • jackntorres - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      In your dreams. No NBA franchise (other than the Rockets lol) is paying 30 mil for those two next year.

      • houstonfan4life - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        They only count 8.3 against the cap, that 15 mile would’ve been with their former teams if they matches the rockets offer sheet. It’s the poison pill contract Morey used to get both of them, get your facts right.

    • qadrir - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Yes, that’s exactly what’s happening. Adding Camby & Aaron make dispensing Asik & Lin complete sense. Most ROX haters will not like when Blazers announce the trade of Aldridge to Rockets for Lin & Asik.

      • jackntorres - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Lol that’s rich. Really.

  7. money2long - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    i’ll believe it when it happens

  8. misterdreamer119 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Asik is gone then.

  9. dylude - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    If you bring in NOR and/or MIL you can facilitate a Aldridge to Houston deal with Gordon / Anderson / picks coming back to POR, Asik / Mathews / Popa / Udoh and picks to NOR, Lin / Whitey / T Jones to MIL and Aldridge / Jennings to Hou on Dec 15th after Jennings signs his QO.

    Asik fits better with Anthony Davis than Ryan Anderson and Portland wants real talent for LMA. New Orleans clearly is looking to move Gordon. Trade helps all parties.

    • qadrir - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM


  10. jgillmeister - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Whoever thinks Asik will be sent to the Blazers is eating funny mushrooms. it ain’t happening. His cap hit is to big next year, for a guy who hit his peak as Noah’s backup.

    • ddarqwon - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      So much ignorance in so few words.
      Asik has yet to hit his peak and actually had his best year yet last season.
      His cap hit is the same next year as it was this year, approx. $8 million.

  11. Little Earthquake - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Jesus, he’s still in the NBA?

  12. canadatude - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    As ProBasketballPundit noted,Camby has wanted out of several contracts. If you want out, just walk away and don’t get a buyout or sit your sorry ass at home. Man up!

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