Marcus Camby, formely of the New York Knicks, is not at all thrilled to be a member of the Toronto Raptors at the age of 39 and has since asked to either be bought out or traded somewhere else.
Camby wants to play for a contender at this point in his career. The Raptors are going to have a heck of a difficult time finding a trade partner to inherit a contract that runs through the 2015 season, so the safe bet here would be a buyout if anything at all. According to various reports, Camby has no intention to retire.
Camby is involved in the Andre Bargnani trade that sent him, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson’s contract and draft picks to the Raptors, who are rebuilding. Camby’s request will have no bearing on the trade becoming official on July 10th.
Toronto was essentially trying to dump Bargnani and appear to be OK with fulfilling the wishes of Camby, who was their No. 1 pick 17 years ago, selected by then-Toronto president Isiah Thomas.
“We have a great deal of respect for and faith in the new management of the Raptors,’’ Camby’s agent Rick Kaplan said. “So something is likely to work out for all involved.’’
Expect Camby to be on a different team next season. The Raptors would be unwise to keep a disgruntled veteran on the roster. Better to pay him off after realizing that no one will trade for him than to have him stick around and potentially damage the team.
Keep an eye on this one.
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