The Toronto Raptors and new general manager Masai Ujiri quickly have made it clear that they are willing and able to make big changes for their future this off-season as they were able to trade away grossly overpaid big man Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks. In return in that deal, in addition to others, the Raptors received longtime veteran big man Marcus Camby.
Camby just finished his 17th season in the NBA and his first with the Knicks last year. The 39-year-old center played in just 24 games last season and played just 10.4 minutes per game while averaging only 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game and shooting only 32.1 percent from the field.
It’s relatively clear that Camby’s days as a dominant defensive player and rebounder in this league, a niche he carved out for himself in his prime. He’s too old and has logged far too many miles over the 973 games that he’s played in his NBA career.
With two years left on his contract, it’s clear that he’s on his last legs in this league. According to the New York Post, Camby doesn’t want to spend those remaining years in his career on the roster of a team rebuilding for the future. Because of that, he’s already asked the Raptors to be bought out or traded to a contender.
It’s pretty clear that Camby, who has never captured an NBA title, is chasing a ring in this situation. Though many people criticize stars like Karl Malone and others who did so at the end of their careers, it’s hard to put Camby in that category. This is a guy who has never been widely heralded, but has long been an effective contributor in this league. If he wants to chase a ring, more power to him.