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Report: The Celtics are on Marcus Camby’s list

Chuck - Red's Army July 1, 2012 Celtics News, Free Agency 11 Comments

Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com has the report:

The unrestricted free-agent center, Marcus Camby, has narrowed his choices to the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, a league source told CSNNW.com.

All of these teams and then some, called Camby’s agent, Rick Kaplan, shortly after July 1 hit, inquiring about his services, but at this point in his career, he’s primarily considering teams in contention for a championship, the same source said.

I’m being told at the moment, Camby doesn’t plan on taking any visits with teams, being that he’s been in the league for so long and knows what he is looking for.

Camby made $12 million last season. I’m guessing he’ll be lucky to make one-quarter of that this season, especially if he’s looking to jump on board with a contender.

For those wondering if Camby can still play, here’s John Hollinger’s scouting report:

Camby’s career at this point can be summarized as several strong positives offset by one huge, glaring weakness. First, the good stuff. Camby led the NBA in defensive rebound rate, is one of the best passing centers in the game, still blocks shots at age 37 (15th among centers) and rarely fouls. 

Defensively, he’s pretty good, if a bit overrated — Camby will absolutely, positively not leave the lane on a pick-and-roll, so he often leaves his guards hanging out to dry while the opponent is stroking an easy 17-footer. While he blocks shots, rebounds and doesn’t get egregiously beaten, the lack of pick-and-roll help and Camby’s own lack of strength put him closer to the middle of the center pack than many think. 

Now, for the bad news. Camby can’t score at all. He averaged 7.2 points per 40 minutes, which is pathetic, and shot 39.8 percent, which is patheticer — so bad, in fact, that we just had to make up a word to describe it. Camby’s shooting percentage and TS% both were dead last among centers. 

Not sure he’s the best fit for Boston.

(h/t Alex Kennedy)

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  • classless

    Washed up. Next…

  • JJ

    Washed up? He is 37…give me a break. You don’t know much apparently, except to bash on others…

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  • zippittyay

    Negs on Camby.

  • jon

    I really do not understand the infatuation with overaged Centers…the ONeal’s, and now Camby are at the wrong side of 30, 35 even.

    lets just develop what we have and TBH, I would rather have Kirstic come back, he is a poor man’s Kaman at this point.

  • Lee in Oregon

    We could do worse, but he’s definitly not a starting center anymore.

  • JJ

    Who is saying he would start? That won’t happen…you cannot compare him to JO, as Camby has had a far more productive career without the injuries. And like we have so much depth up front? It’s not infatuation, it’s needs and security. No, he would not be integral, but if someone gets hurt, you would be so lucky to have Camby come off the bench. Actually look at statistics and facts before posting ignorant comments.

  • screaming jay

    “more pathetic” woulda worked…

  • thetitleisours

    If we keep all the rook’s, sign Green, Bass, and Allen back our roster is already almost filled up. Camby, who it looks like they are still trying to find another PJ Brown, would def mean Williams is probably gone (no shock).

    Melo,Sully, Kris will take the spots of Daniels, Sasha and Hollins. Is Dooling expected back? With all the talk of an additional shooter whose spot on the roster are we talking about? Dooling?, Pietrus? Not much room left at the Inn

  • kricky

    I haven’t seen him play much lately. I thought he was a much better defender. But if he can’t guard the pick and pop then we should pass. That play is the bread and butter of many teams these days.

  • Brick James

    The Celtics are on my list too. Can I get a contract?