Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Clippers get Camby instead of Randolph

The LA Clippers got someone to bite on that second-round pick they were offering the Knicks, striking a deal with the Denver Nuggets today to acquire Marcus Camby. The Clips will send a future second-rounder to Denver.

The Nugs gets cap space, while the Clippers get a pretty good post player to team with Chris Kaman on the low blocks. Certainly Camby is no Elton Brand, but he is a viable short-term option. There is some thought, though probably just Knicks fans speculating, that LA might package Camby with Tim Thomas and trade them to New York for Zach Randolph, resurrecting the deal that the two teams had been discussing last week. That would also mean a second run with the Knicks for both Camby and Thomas. Camby, you may remember, was a catalyst on the 1999 NY team that reached the NBA Finals.

I think Camby stays in LA and the Knicks look elsewhere for a suitor for Zach. This is the first thing Donnie Walsh will be questioned about during his Knicks tenure, so it will be interesting to see how he responds. Walsh thought he could get more than just a second-round pick for Randolph, but apparently that was good enough for the Nugs to give up one of the best defensive players in the NBA. Then again, Camby doesn't score 20 and grab 10 every night.

Hopefully Walsh is able to rid the Knicks of Randolph's contract. But in terms of basketball, I'd rather have Zach trying to adapt to the high-octane offense than Eddy Curry, if I had to choose between the two.

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