As part of the much talked about and oft-criticized Andrea Bargnani trade that sent the former number-one overall pick to the New York Knicks, veteran big man Marcus Camby was sent in return to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Knicks’ package offer. However, with Camby at the end of his career and wanting his first championship, he and Toronto negotiated a buyout of his contract.
Now that Camby is a free-agent chasing a ring, he is obviously looking to offer his services to a contender. One of the teams that seemed to be in the running to attain Camby’s services was the Chicago Bulls. Now that the Bulls have waived Malcolm Thomas, it seems like they are one of the leaders in the race for Camby.
The 39-year-old Camby really didn’t contribute much to the Knicks last season. He played in just 24 games and averaged 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game on 32.1 percent shooting in 10.4 minutes per game. His days of contributing to a good NBA team on a regular basis are over.
However, coming to the Bulls would be the ideal situation for Camby. Camby would be able to play behind Joakim Noah, Nazr Mohammed and Taj Gibson and wouldn’t exactly be called upon to play serious minutes for them. More than that, Camby would also give the Bulls a serviceable big man to roll out in case one of their core rotation frontcourt players were to get injured.
Ultimately the Bulls fit everything that Camby is looking for. They are expected to be in contention in the Eastern Conference which will help Camby possibly compete for a title and they also won’t demand much of a player of Camby’s age. All in all, it seems like a mutual fit between the two parties.