Marcus Camby will have to finish the remaining games this season in Portland after being traded by the Clippers for Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and some cash considerations. It was a senseless trade with Camby one of the best defensive player on the team for a backup point guard in Blake and an injured Outlaw who likely will not play for the remainder of the season. Portland needs a Marcus Camby after Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla got injured he will team up with former power-forward turned center Juwan Howard which will give the Blazers a big boost on the defensive side. Camby is a former defensive player of the year and a two time NBA-all defensive team member which give the Blazers a shot blocking presence and a decent perimeter shooting. Travis Outlaw played just 11 games this season broke his left foot and was a key reserve for the Blazers since Portland drafted him in 2003 but with the emergence of Forwards Rudy Fernandez, Nicolas Batum and Martel Webster he was the odd man out and will likely spend more time in the bench healthy or not. Steve Blake is a good backup point guard and even took the starting role before Andre Miller stole his starting position. The 6th year veteran who will turn 30 this 26 is likely to find more time in the bench because the Blazers opted to use more of their 2008 1st round pick Jerryd Bayless who is showing some good potentials. With respect to both Blake and Outlaw the Clippers traded the no.6 shot blocker in the league for role players who had limited playing time or in the case of Outlaw none at all it was like trading a dollar for a penny. There was no future draft picks involved just expiring contracts and some $3 million cash. Portland got what they wanted and for the Clippers it’s still mind boggling.
Donald Sterling had only one intention to save as money as much as he can for his depleted franchise. It’s starting to make sense now trading Camby who makes $7.6 million this year for Blake and Outlaw’s combine expiring contract for $8.9 million. Blake has a possibility to be back as a Clippers next year and Outlaw would be shopping for teams who might used his versatility so granting they will resign Blake for his current salary the Clippers will still have $6 million to gain. The bad thing about NBA these days is that it’s beginning to be more like business than basketball… Next stop the 6-foot-8 forward Al Thornton.
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