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.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.