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)