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Marcus Camby sacrificed more than $600,000 in salary to leave Raptors

Aug 2, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

Marcus Camby

Update: Marcus Camby and the Raptors agreed to waive set-off rights in his buyout, according to Mark Deeks of, which means Camby will make more than I previously calculated including a set-off. The post is now update to reflect accurate figures.

Marcus Camby really didn’t want to be in Toronto.

After being sent to the Raptors from the Knicks in the Andrea Bargnani trade, Camby sacrificed more than $600,00 just to leave town.

He accepted $2 million less than he was owed just to become a free agent, according But that doesn’t tell the whole story, because Camby signed a one-year, minimum contract with the Rockets that will somewhat compensate for his loss.

In the next two seasons, Camby will make $4,809,170 – $2,763,054 from the Raptors (including $646,609 next season), $884,293 from the Rockets and $515,214 from the NBA (the latter for reasons explained here).

If he had just stayed with Toronto, he had $5,409,663 guaranteed, including $1,025,890 next season.

All in all, that’s a net loss of $600,493 in salary.

Of course, Camby could recoup even more of his salary if he signs a contract for the 2014-15 season. But he’s already 39 and played just 250 minutes last season, so I’m not factoring that possibility into the equation. If Camby proves himself worthy of a contract at age 40, good for him. Plus, the lack of state income tax in Texas should help, too.

Still, Camby chose freedom to picky his team over a significant amount of money, and I hope that decision makes him happy in the long term.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    What’s the point in making extra money if you’re just going to end your career in a place that doesn’t matter?

    And we must remember how much money camby has made during the years.

    But you can also argue that he paid a million dollars to choose where he wants to go and end his career on his terms with a team he wanted to be with. Personally, I think that’s a wise decision. No point in making more money if he’s unhappy with his situation.

  2. felser - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Avoiding Canadian tax structures adds a lot of money money, playoff shares adds some money. Difference will be a couple hundred thousand, and I can see where that would be well worth it to Camby.

  3. asimonetti88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I’d gladly “sacrifice” $600,000 to still make $4 million.

  4. sportsnut101 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Wow big deal. Mike bibby gave up 6 mill to play with heat. When u match that. Then write me back

  5. mp4philly - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    He’s been in the league since ’96. He’s likely made north of 100 million in player salary for his career. Somehow 600k doesn’t seem like a huge deal.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:49 AM

      Marcus Camby career earnings…

      Season Team ▴ Lg Salary
      2007-08 Denver Nuggets NBA $11,250,000
      2006-07 Denver Nuggets NBA $8,800,000
      2005-06 Denver Nuggets NBA $9,150,000
      2004-05 Denver Nuggets NBA $8,500,000
      2003-04 Denver Nuggets NBA $7,250,000
      2002-03 Denver Nuggets NBA $6,750,000
      2008-09 Los Angeles Clippers NBA $10,000,000
      2012-13 New York Knicks NBA $4,590,338
      2001-02 New York Knicks NBA $7,300,000
      2000-01 New York Knicks NBA $5,750,000
      1999-00 New York Knicks NBA $5,250,000
      1998-99 New York Knicks NBA $3,164,000
      2011-12 Portland Trail Blazers NBA $11,227,250
      2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers NBA $11,749,832
      2009-10 Portland Trail Blazers NBA $7,650,000
      1997-98 Toronto Raptors NBA $2,799,240
      1996-97 Toronto Raptors NBA $2,434,000
      Career (may be incomplete) $123,614,660

  6. knightrider1755 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Camby had the option to go with the Heat or the Knicks last season and he chose the Knicks. It was an unwise choice on his part because by now he would be an NBA champion. If he thinks he’ll get a ring with the Rockets he’s in for a rude awakening.

  7. pachingg - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    It seems like most players pay to leave the Raptors.. must be bad.

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