The number one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft Anthony Davis, was just three-years-old when veteran Free Agent center Marcus Camby played his first season in the Association, however the 38-year old big man is still a highly sought after player this summer, with five teams reportedly interested in trying to sign him. The veteran of 16 seasons, still can alter a game defensively and averaged 9.0 rebounds this past campaign, splitting the season as he started with the Portland Trail Blazers and then traded to the Houston Rockets.
The two teams that have tried the hardest to recruit him, are offering two different incentives to sign with their franchise. The New York Knicks could offer Camby more money, however the Miami Heat can entice him with the starting center slot, something he would not get if he signs with the Knicks. The Heat would like to arrange a sign and trade deal with the Rockets, however “ESPN.com” has reported that so far Houston has rebuffed Miami’s requests.
Whether Houston does not like the package that the Heat would send them in return for the veteran big man, or the Rockets are just refusing to deal with them, has yet to be revealed. However, the website’s sources state that the Rockets would be open to a trade with the Knicks. Camby had a meeting scheduled to meet with Miami on Saturday, but cancelled it when he found out that the Rockets would not negotiate with the Heat. He still has a scheduled visit with his former club the Knicks Sunday.
The other three teams according to the report, that would like to be in the running for his services are the Brooklyn Nets, the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs. Camby would most likely beat-out Brendan Haywood for the starter’s job in Dallas and money would certainly not be an issue, as the roster is now way under the salary cap. Tim Duncan could move back to the four-slot if the Spurs sign the veteran. Brooklyn, would not offer him a starting role either, as they have talented young center Brook Lopez in that position.
If it does come down to Miami and New York, Camby will have to choose which is more important priority, monetary compensation or a starting role. He could definitely help any of the five teams mentioned, now the choice is his as to where his home will be in October.