Even though center Marcus Camby has yet to officially join the Toronto Raptors, he is already asking for a trade or a buyout. At 39 years old, it is understandable why the 16-year veteran would want to play for a contender, especially since he has yet to win a NBA Championship. At this point, the Raptors should just grant Camby his buyout in order to avoid a parasite in the locker room next season.
“We have a great deal of respect for and faith in the new management of the Raptors,” Camby’s agent Rick Kaplan said, according to the New York Post. “So something is likely to work out for all involved.’’
The former NBA Defensive Player of the Year is disappointed that he was not able to contribute more for the New York Knicks last season. In just 10.4 minutes per game, he averaged 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 24 contests (four starts).
“It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t given a meaningful opportunity to contribute last season in New York,” Camby said, according to the New York Post. “I was really looking forward to the upcoming year as a chance to show the organization what they missed out on last year, and pushing our team towards the Finals.”
As of right now, the Raptors look as if they plan on keeping Camby. There is a reason why they acquired him and that is to be a mentor to the younger big men, especially center Jonas Valanciunas. With that being said, I cannot imagine that Toronto’s new management is going to want to begin their first season at the helm with a disgruntled veteran on the roster.