It was obvious Marcus Camby did not want anything to do with the Toronto Raptors as he expressed his interest in a buy-out after being dealt by the New York Knicks early July. Camby has recently cleared waivers and is now on the free agent market; he has publicly expressed interest in three teams: Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat.
At the age of 39, Camby has made it clear that he wants to play for a championship-contending team. With Miami looking to three-peat, Houston’s acquisition of Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose‘s return to Chicago, all three of Camby’s options have what he’s looking for.
When it comes to the Bulls, the addition of Camby could help in a few ways. He’s is a savvy veteran who is a solid role player. Over the span of his 17-year career, Camby has averaged 9.5 points per game along with 9.8 rebounds. The 6-foot-11 center has been very flexible over the years playing power forward on occasions, which could help provide rest for Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. He will also provide good low-post defensive presence with decent shot-blocking skills.
Noah, coming off a nagging plantar fasciitis injury, is already looking at less playing time during the preseason. Bringing in Camby during training camp could provide the Bulls with a solid backup next to Nazr Mohammed. But more importantly, it will give Noah a little more flexibility to rest his injury. Noah has not made it through a full 82-game season as a starter for the Bulls since being drafted ninth overall in 2007.
Camby will also be a lot less expensive than a LaMarcus Aldridge. They wouldn’t have to trade anybody for him or pay out a huge amount of money, which could have an affect Loul Deng‘s contract extension.