Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  60 responses

Blazers Acquire an Angry Marcus Camby

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

All signs point to Portland and L.A. completing a trade that will send Marcus Camby to the Blazers, in exchange for Steve Blake and Travid Outlaw. (UPDATE: The trade is now official.) This, reportedly, is not sitting very well with Marcus.

is on the case:

In town in advance of their Tuesday game against the Trail Blazers, the Clippers were having a team dinner at Portland’s Ringside steakhouse Monday night when Camby received a call on his cell phone from his agent, Rick Kaplan. Kaplan informed Camby that he will likely be traded to Portland. One league source cautioned that the Blazers’ ownership had yet to sign off on the deal. The Denver Nuggets also are trying to make a last-ditch effort to bring back Camby before the Portland deal is finalized.

After taking the call from Kaplan, Camby immediately walked out of the restaurant. A source close to Camby says that while he recognizes the benefits of playing for a better team, he is upset because his family is comfortably settled in Los Angeles. He had hoped to re-sign with the Clippers this summer. “He likes the Clippers, he likes the organization, he likes L.A.,” the source said. “His wife is happy in L.A. And he’s not one for change. He’s definitely not happy about this.”

Though close to getting done, the deal hasn’t been finalized (team owners Donald Sterling and Paul Allen have yet to give their final blessings.)

With the season-ending injuries to both Greg Oden and Joel “Ghostface” Przybilla, Portland needs all the help they can get get on the inside, especially defensively. Happy to do it or not, this is something Marcus Camby can provide for them.

As for the Clippers, who are essentially giving away their best defensive player for next to nothing, well, some things never seem to change.

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  • Joe

    Wow…a starting lineup with Andre Miller, Juwan Howard, and Marcus Camby in it??????……..did I go to sleep in 2010 and wake up in 1997?????

  • http://www.nottherealmelvinely.com melvin ely

    wrecked by injuries, the blazers look to acquire one of the leagues steadiest big men.

  • BackInBlack

    would be sick

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    This aspect of trades is never stated enough, a lot of these guys have settled into the communities in the cities they play for. I understand his anger.

  • PHECKZ!!

    mos def a good look.. although, Outlaw be killin it in my LIve 10! To bad that doesn’t carry over to real life, or does it??? hmm…. neway.. Amar’e to Cleveland better get done.. Big Z will b back neway once he get’s waived after 30 days, which is also a good look considering dude gave his all to the organization

  • Joe A

    What a shock, the Blazers acquiring an injury- prone center.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    They all know it’s a business, but that side of the business must suck for the vets who’re married with kids. It’s not easy to just uproot your family at a moments notice. I feel for him.

  • T-Money

    Especially when you know you’re a rental. Let’s be real he’s out the door as soon as Oden and Ghostface come back. I have NO IDEA why Clips agreed to that package.

  • neaorin

    Mike Dunleavy is a lousy GM, he should stick to coaching. Wait, what?

  • Dagger

    Outlaw and Blake are not nothing. Both very valuable players. Camby, on the other hand, is a seriously overrated individual defender.

  • Hussman25

    Marcus; just finish the year there in Portland… and hopefully Donald D**k Sterling will bring you back… I like Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake will give us some more stability in the Backcourt… Ill miss you in Clipperland Marcus :O(

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    This would be a great move for Portland. They get a solid big man and simultaneously dump one of their forwards (they’re loaded at the forward spot!). They probably won’t be able to contend for a title this year, but the move at least helps them with their playoff chances.

  • MikeC.

    @ Joe A. – Camby has actually been pretty solid the last few seasons. Earlier in his career it seemed like his bones were a combination of low-quality glass and dust, but he’s been physically solid lately. I’d love to see him back in Denver, but I don’t see what the Nuggets can send back without giving up someone who is key in the rotation.

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    First of all they didn’t say the trade was offical,second did Camby really say he likes the organization?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    1) The Acquire another injury prone Center.
    2) As angry as Camby is, he should understand that that is the business. Of course it sucks, but everyone in the league has to deal with it. If he likes LA that much, then just let his family stay there.

  • Twin Paradox

    …but it’s another injury prone center!!! God bless camby and his fragile bones…

  • JoeMaMa

    Jerryd Bayless will get a chance to shine, and so will Batum, two young athletic players who’ve been itching to get more minutes. Portland picks up the piece they’re missing (not a championship piece, as they can’t contend this year) and will keeping playing at a high level.
    Telfair can stay home now, but Outlaw could get some serious minutes. I can see this trade working for both sides, though I think Portland comes out on top.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I think Camby is angry cause there is some injury bug lurking in Portland…

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Miller and Camby reunited

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Nice call, DMA. Forgot about that connection for a moment.

  • http://twitter.com/manueii ManueII

    yeah i feel bad for marcus even worse for baron. but hey, when your on a team that donald ‘f!#ck the world’ sterling owns what do you expect. i really think the clips should move back to SD, and switch owners. this guy is a loser–apparently the biggest of all time–so he should just give up.

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  • Danbury

    Oh man, Camby’s liable to splinter his spine or something at the rate the Blazers are going. Good luck, big man.

  • andre

    so that makes how many teams for marcus now? Toronto, NY, Denver, LA, now Portland. Am I missing any? For such a skilled and (seemingly) likable guy, he sure gets moved a lot. Its funny how some people seem to be perennial trade fodder. Like miller, marcus seems to be stuck with the “good, but we could do better” label by GMs, kinda like that pretty looking girl, who you’ll see, but only until that hotter one gets back at you.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    As a Blazer fan this sucks.. We know who the stars of the team are Aldridge and Roy.. But blazer fans have pulled for Travis almost like hes a home town kid even though hes from mississippi.. Fans have fallen in love with him unlike guys like Andre Miller and Batum.. Prztbilla is another who is special to fans. you can feel and hear it whenever he does the smallest of hustle play.. He will likely be the odd man out when the day comes that we have 3 healthy centers.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    THE perfect fit!!!!! could have not asked for a better rebounder/shot blocker for the stretch run mr. Kevin Pritchard…unless the man is so pissed he cant perform, now that cant happen, gotta have guys that wanna play…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    So it’s official now!

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    @ Terry: This doen’t suck for a blazer fan at all. this move fills your need at center and you get a legit big man. Travis leaving may be sad but it’s time for bayless and batum to shine. There was already a logjam with martell, batum, rudy, blake, miller and bayless all fighting for minutes. Would you bench Batum and rudy for travis? The clips could afford to let camby go with with kaman and the developing Deandre Jordan. This helps both teams.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    lost a couple of great pure shooters for an aging shotblocker… I dont like the move…

  • Hussman25

    @CB34: Couldnt have broken down the trade better… It does help both teams; it just helps the Blazers faster…

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    BossTerry your an idiot. the fans love bayless and batum, and miller. do you even go to blazer games? it doesnt sound like you do. although when i go to games i think im the only fan wearing a batum jersey, but as of late the announcers, and fans have been actually respecting him and giving him his credit.
    yes they like outlaw. but they know outlaw is a horrible player with a bad i.q. and shoots bad shots. im glad he is gone. and batum is my favorite blazer.
    also one question. will camby play for te blazers tonight? against the clippers? just wondering.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    oh also bossterry.
    check blakes field goal%. he like a low 40% from the field, and a 37.7% from 3. he isnt a pure shooter.
    and ugh. ill let outlaw speak for him self.

  • The Philosopher

    If Camby is indeed upset, he ought to get over it. All these years in the League and he still wishes the League is about him? I remember him in Hartford. I’ve got stories for days about Camby. I love Marcus Camby. He does have some heart, and what not, but if he is angry about this, he has to be reminded that he’s not good enough of a player to be catered to like that. And he should have put a no – trade clause in his contract. Veto power, or something.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    @Terry – um.. how may blazer games have you seen because Batum gets a lot of love from the crowd. Travis and Blake needed to go since McVillain has such big man crushes on those two guys. And i could hardly call Blake and Outlaw ‘pure shooters’.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    This trade is no-where near as bad for the Clips as some have made out. They upgrade at the PG backup spot in a big way… Outlaw becomes the starter at SF (less time for turnover prone, shot happy Thronton)… it clears the way for Griffin at PF… A declining 36/37 year old Camby becomes redundant next season anyway. This trade is made for next season. At 21-31 the 09/10 season was toast for the Clippers.

    As for the Blazers, this helps hugely for the remainder of this season and then maybe the next as Camby creates a good big quartet with himself, Oden, Ghostface and LMA.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @Nate.. Ive been going to games since Clyde Duck Porter and Kersey… I am not an idiot.. if u think fans get behind Batum more so then Outlaw u must be wearing earplugs… dumbass.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I dont come in here looking for fights. Nate. sorry for that last remark.. I just hate how people cant put their feelings on topics that slam provides for us without having our intellagence insulted or being called names just because these opinions arent the same as some people… In real life soceity it doesnt work that way but its ok here because we can hide behind screens?

  • Sam

    My problem with this is, what will happen when Pryzbilla and Oden come back????? Four centers will be there, but Juwan Howard might retire so three.

  • Vegas

    i feel for the guy, i hope portland can do something with this

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    bad trade.. Ive been wanting Blake to leave for awhile to give bayless more playing time.. But not for another center. As shorthanded as the blazers are. they are still winning games.. Shoulda stayed quiet and focused on getting everybody healthy.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    theyre probably just going to let him go over the summer, maybe to the spurs? dumb move by portland, they did this why? just so they can move up to the 6 seed and get tossed in the first. they should have kept outlaw.

  • The D Train

    Well, we should probably note that Camby is often running at PF next to Kaman at center. So if Portland did resign him for next year, he’s not a bad backup PF behind Aldridge. Of course, that is putting the cart before the horse. As far as this year, you get a starting center to replace the 2 injured cats, and you clear-up a little of the logjams at SF and PG. Portland fans love Outlaw, but not anymore than they love hordes of other Blazers (I would argue they love Rudy more than anyone else), and if Camby comes in and plays the good soldier, they (we) will love him too. Look at Juwan. He was brought in for off-the-court stuff and to be a practice player and mentor. Now he’s playing substantial minutes and the fans here have definitely taken a shine to him. Also, this clears up minutes for Bayless, who has the chance to be special, especially if given game-time to learn/grow. And Batum has been cool as ice and twice as nice since coming back from the shoulder surgery. Before the season started, the Blazers brass was extremely high Nick, and now we are starting to see why. All in all, there is no way this trade doesn’t help Portland this year…well, unless Camby’s knee explodes or if Bayless or Miller goes down.

  • The D Train

    once again, guys…all 3 guys are expiring. nothing says Portland can’t bring back Outlaw or Blake next year. how does keeping Outlaw, who has been injured all year and takes away minutes from Webster and Batum, make them better this year than getting Camby does?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    good point D train.. But thats assuming Howard is gone.. Once everybody is healthy there is too many bodys and guys will be shown the door… Just bigs alone there is Pendergraph who signed thru next year. Joel,Greg,cunningham, LA, and now Camby.. plus will probably pull another forward outta the draft.. I dont mean to vent just hate to see Outlaw go.. He was kinda symbolic to the time they were getting rid of the so called ‘thugs’. and draft a guy named Outlaw..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What is the problem with Al Thornton in L.A.?
    Nobody seems to like him there, yet when I’ve watched him play, I’ve liked his offensive game and energy.
    Anybody know?

  • The D Train

    BossTerry: I’m glad you brought up the Blazer’s past with the “thugs” and how Outlaw fits into that puzzle. You can make a similar argument for Blake which is this: Portland LOVES the Blazers. Cannot overstate this enough. The time of JR, Damon, Darius, Zach and Co left Blazer fans sad and angry. Now we’ve got a team that we can rally around and enjoy. The problem is that we can’t let attachments to role players, like Blake and Outlaw, outweigh their actual production. Both guys are well-liked on the team and in the community, but the fact remains that Portland needed a big center who could rebound and defend more than they needed a 3rd PG and 3rd SF. I’m not saying that it’s not okay to be upset that those 2 guys are gone (I love Outlaw, by the way), but if Portland really wants to try to win a title at some point, sometimes you have to make tough decisions and get rid of good guys for players who better fit team needs. All that being said, I definitely get the feeling that Batum is who Portland envisions as their starting SF going into the future. A 6’8 SF with 7’4 wingspan who can defend, shoot treys and throw it down is not something you let sit on the shelf for too long. Outlaw was never going to be more than the backup to Nic, and I think that Webster gives us a pretty decent backup, maybe not the exact same skill-set, but a better shooter, for sure.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    again. well said D.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Allenp: I think its that whole “ballhog” nonsense that people like to throw around. Swingmen like Al Thornton who are primarily scorers are always end up getting this label–people were the same about Rudy Gay until he started proving he was All-Star caliber. I don’t understand it either, its like people expect these combo small-forward swingmen to turn into pass-first point forwards. Makes no sense.
    He’s regressed a little from last year, though.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    This also means… more Patrick Mills!

  • Shem

    This is a great trade for both teams, blazers keep themselves in playoff contention while the clippers look to rebuild and free up cap. The NBA is a business and I doubt either team cares whether Marcus Camby is comftorble in LA. Especially for an overpriced veteran who’s on the brink of retiring

  • Jacob (from Australia)

    Co-sign Michael NZ.
    Woooo, Patty Mills!

  • clipperfan

    The problem with Thorton is his defense and basketball IQ. His offensive game is ok because he can score off his athleticism. If you take away the baseline he will usually settle for an off-balance fade away jumper. Doesn’t have many counter moves so he usually jacks up bad shots or turns the ball over. He’s real laid back too, doesn’t have that fire in him. He finally hired a chef this summer to start eating healthier. I heard he’d be eating burgers in the locker room before games. Overall, he doesn’t have the 3 pt range the clippers would like. They’d rather throw all their cap space at a young, athletic swingman that can stretch the D….we’ll see if it works.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I can’t take these pussies crying about their houses, or being traded to teams they don’t want to go to. You knew what you were getting into when you signed up for the NBA, don’t be a spoiled b!tch about it.
    It’s a business, suck it up.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Good point Anton…… I hope Ricky Rubio is reading this..

  • L

    How can Camby can be mad??? The guy doesn’t care about winning anymore??? Is he just a paycheck player? Come on man, that’s a great opportunity to compete for a great playoff run!! L

  • James

    If he hates getting traded so much, why didn’t he ask for a no-trade clause is in contract? Lesser players than him have sucessfully negotiated for one.

  • Mellmeister

    Camby Mad? it’s like watching a matchstick getting lit…

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    I’m not sure I like this trade. It works now. It makes NO SENSE when Pryzbilla and Oden are healthy.

  • dw24

    I would love to see an Aldridge/Bayless package deal for Amare. Or a deal for Jeff Green or Anthony Randolph.
    Now on topic. This deal is great. Clears up space in frontcourt for BG when he gets back next season. Gives Kaman room. Add a reliable SF to start instead of Thornton and now they can move Rasual behind EG and this gives them a legitimate back up PG. If they don’t make the playoffs next year the Clippers should die.

  • tomtom

    camby. suck it up. stop bein a little b*tch