Marcus Camby started his 17-year career in Toronto, but it will not be ending there as the Toronto Raptors have agreed to buy out the final two years of his contract and put him on waivers, according to Sportsnet. He is owed $7.5 million over the next two seasons.
Camby, who was traded from the New York Knicks in a deal that sent him, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson, a first-round draft pick and a second-round draft pick to the Raptors in exchange for Andrea Baragani, had been disappointed when he was traded to the Raptors because he had wanted to play for a team likely to contend for an NBA title.
“It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t given a meaningful opportunity to contribute last season in New York,” he said in a statement. “I was really looking forward to the upcoming year as a chance to show the organization what they missed out on last year, and pushing our team toward the Finals. … Given that my goal at this point in my career is to have a shot at a championship, however, I’ll have to evaluate my options going forward. I’ve enjoyed a great career, and under the right circumstances I hope to continue making an impact in the league.”
Playing in only 24 games for the Knicks last season, Camby averaged only 1.8 points per game and hasn’t played since Mar. 29. According to the New York Post, he was contending with a calf strain in training camp last year and then developed plantar fasciitis. He was healthy enough to play by playoff time, but Knicks coach Mike Woodson did not use him in postseason play.
Had Camby remained with the Raptors, he even may not have been able to show the NBA what he still had left, because the Raptors’ depth chart on the ESPN website shows he was the third option at center behind Jonas Valaciunas and Aaron Gray. Looking at the NBA depth chart on the ESPN website, however, shows 2012-13 playoff teams Atlanta Hawks and the Denver Nuggets as having only one center. Camby had played for the Nuggets for six seasons. However, both the Hawks and the Nuggets went out in the first round of the playoffs.
If Camby would be willing to be a third center on a contending team, perhaps the Memphis Grizzlies or the Chicago Bulls would be a good match. Of the two, the Bulls might be the better opportunity for Camby considering the Bulls’ backup center, Nazr Mohammed, averaged only 2.8 points per game last season. Camby also had 3.3 rebounds per game to Mohammed’s 3.1 RPG rate.
By: Deb Considine
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