The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in trading for Marcus Camby if they fail to re-sign Chris “Birdman” Andersen.
Camby was dealt to the Toronto Raptors as part of a trade sending Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks. The deal can’t be completed until July 10, but Camby has already told the Raptors he wants to be moved or released. He wants to play out his remaining years on a contending team.
The Raptors have already begun to shop him. There’s at least one contender he can’t play for – the Knicks. The CBA prevents him from being dealt back to his original team. That leaves the Heat as an ideal trade partner.
Whether a 39-year-old, oft-injured, 17-year veteran coming off his worst NBA season has anything left to offer a two-time defending champion is subject for considerable debate.
But here’s the thing: Trading for Camby makes a great deal of sense for the Heat. Whether or not Birdman is re-signed. And it has nothing to do with his potential contributions on the court.
To see just how valuable Camby could become for the Heat would require some salary cap sophistication. Read more…