The Toronto Raptors made a move to finally get rid of the contract of Andrea Bargnani early this offseason and in return from the New York Knicks they received Marcus Camby as a part of the deal. It was widely expected that Camby wouldn’t want to stay in Toronto very long, and it appears he’s on his way out.
The Raptors are expected to buy out newcomer C Marcus Camby on the final 2 years of contract soon, a source told Y! LAC, CHI, HOU interested
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 17, 2013
Camby is now 39 and wasn’t going to contribute at a high level to the Raptors next season, even if he did stay on the roster. The fact that he wants to be part of a contender would deprive the Raptors from getting the most out of the tenured veteran center.
Toronto isn’t going to be contending anytime soon, therefore granting the release of Camby would make sense for both sides.
New general manager Masai Ujiri isn’t one to mess around as he has already made some moves this offseason to put his team in better position to succeed in the future. Getting rid of Camby would be yet another action to further his aggressive style of management.
It will be interesting to see where Camby ends up now that there are a couple of teams rumored to be interested in him. Will he be able to compete at a decent level with his age? At this point, I don’t see it happening. But, he would definitely be a great locker room presence and able to mentor some younger guys.