If you watched last night when the Trail Blazers upset the Suns, then you know how important Marcus Camby is to Portland. He limited what Amare Stoudemire could do (he still got 18 and 8, because nobody shuts him down, but he wasn’t efficient at it). STAT’s game is about being aggressive and drawing fouls while scoring, but he only got to the line three times. Camby was smart and won that matchup.
You can see why the Blazers want to keep him. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein Camby has already opened conversations to stay in Portland.
Sources said Monday that the two sides had already been negotiating toward a new deal that would keep Camby off the free-agent market this summer. One source said a deal, if completed, would likely span two years in excess of $20 million.
Camby comes with some risk as a free agent, primarily that he is 35 this season. While big men can generally play longer and are more effective at older ages than guards, nobody sane is going to offer him more than two years. And $10 million would be a hard sum to turn down (if that number is accurate), it would be a $2.4 million raise over this season.
If he goes the free agent route, there will be other suitors for Camby. The Knicks have already hinted at interest. There would be others.
But if he likes budding young team and likes the area, he may not see a better offer than this. And he certainly makes Portland a lot better on the court.
ProBasketballTalk’s Kurt Helin explains why he believes the Sacramento Kings have enough pieces to potentially make a run at the final playoff spot in the West.
A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.
Via Hoops Rumors:
“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”
The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.
“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”
It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.