Marcus Camby signs deal with Portland. What now, Knicks?


Camby.jpgUPDATE 3:20 PM: It’s official, Camby will remain a Blazer. Jason Quick has confirmed it both with Camby’s agent and GM Kevin Pritchard.

That little squeal of joy you just heard came from Henry Abbott.

1:27 pm: Apparently Marcus Camby likes the eco-friendly life in Portland. That or he likes playing on an up-and-coming team and not the Clippers or Knicks.

Camby is very close to signing a deal to stay on in Portland, according to Yahoo’s Mark Spears and his fun little twitter account. Two years, $21 million with another $5 million in “unlikely bonuses” (which don’t count against the cap). Spears adds this is the second deal between the teams, the NBA league office shot the first one down.

Locking Camby up is a smart move by Portland, he is a big part of what they are doing and their success late this season, they can’t count on Greg Oden next year, and there would be a lot of interest in him out on the free agent market.

Like from the New York Knicks, who rightfully saw Camby as a good fit with the D’Antoni system. So now what? The Daily News has an idea, and Knicks fans are not going t like it.

If Marcus Camby is indeed off the free-agent market, the center-less Knicks may be desperate enough to investigate Bulls 7-foot backup center Brad Miller come July, according to a league source.

Though he just turned 34, Miller still has something left in the tank — he is a serviceable, decent-shooting big-man that coach Mike D’Antoni could use for his offense. Team president Donnie Walsh craves a center to give the Knicks the sizeable defensive interior presence they lack.

The Knicks realize they need to get a real center because David Lee is a power forward (that is, if they even bring him back). Miller would bring a center who can hit the midrange jumper. He’s a solid pro, but he’s not athletic, doesn’t get up and down the court and his not the defensive intimidator that the Knicks need in the middle. But, beggars can’t be choosers, as my mom used to say.

PBT Extra: How did Thunder, Pacers move up in PBT Power Rankings?

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As they do every Monday during the season, the PBT Power Rankings came out and while the top three remained the same there were some climbers.

Specifically, the Thunder at No. 4 and the Pacers at No. 5.

Why they are there is the latest PBT Extra topic with Jenna Corrado. The simple answer is they are both excellent teams. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Paul George are all playing like Top 10 players.

PBT Podcast: We’re back talking Kobe, 76ers, Warriors, Pistons, more

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The ProBasketballTalk NBA podcast is back.

Sure we’re a month into the season, but we’re going to get this podcast rolling again and you can expect us on each Monday and Thursday, with a variety of guests talking everything around the NBA.

Today NBC’s own Dan Feldman joins Kurt Helin to talk Kobe Bryant‘s retirement announcement, and what that means both for the Lakers going forward this season and beyond, but also what that could mean for Byron Scott’s future as the Lakers’ coach.

We also delve into the “showdown” between the Lakers and Sixers on Thursday, talk about the job Brett Brown is doing there as coach (a good one), we talk some Warriors, some Draymond Green, Pistons, Spurs and Pacers to round it all out.

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.


Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins probable to play against Dallas Monday

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It’s this simple: The Sacramento Kings are 5-5 when DeMarcus Cousins plays this season, 1-7 when he sits. (And that win number is a big misleading, they looked like they would have beaten Charlotte with him, but when he left with back pain they lost, they could easily be 6-4 with him.)

So it’s good news that Cousins is expected to return to the Sacramento lineup Monday night. Well not good for Rick Carlisle and the Mavericks, but good for the Kings, as reported by James Ham at CSNBayArea,com.

This season Cousins is averaging 27.9 points and 11.2 rebounds a game, he has a true shooting percentage above the league average (56.3 percent for Cousins) and he has a PER of 27.1 which is sixth best in the league.

Combine him with the numbers Rajon Rondo has put up lately the Kings become much more dangerous. They’d be even scarier if everyone stayed healthy and George Karl would settle on a lineup.

PBT Extra: Kobe Bryant understands now is time to walk away

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It was expected Kobe Bryant would retire at the end of this season.

It was not expected Kobe would make that official on Nov. 29 — it’s caught the media at Staples Center Sunday (of which I was one) and the fans by surprise.

In this PBT Extra, I talk with Jenna Corrado about the mood inside Staples Center Sunday.

More importantly, I discuss the sense I got that Kobe understands it’s time to walk away, and he is at peace with that.