Marcus Camby to “contemplate retirement” if traded

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Because the basketball fates have made them their whipping boy, the Portland Trailblazers are considering wholesale team changes.

At the same time, virtually every team could use a big, shot blocking center in the paint who can also grab some boards and knock down the midrange.

So there is interest out there in the Blazers’ Marcus Camby.

But not from Camby himself. Jason Quick at the Oregonian reports if he gets dealt, Camby will consider just walking away.

“Marcus has made plenty of money in his career, and at this stage would not be keen to move to a rebuilding situation,’’ the source said. “If he is traded, he would likely contemplate retirement.’’

Camby’s agent, Rick Kaplan, on Friday said that line of thinking is consistent with what his client has told him.

“He really wants to stay in Portland, it’s his No. 1 choice,’’ Kaplan said. “It was incredibly important to him when he signed his extension and moved his family that he stay in Portland. I think by now he understands it’s a business, but that’s where he wants to be.’’

Camby has been out for a month after knee surgery, but he is back practicing with the team and is expected to return the break. Camby is scheduled to make $9.2 million next year.

While there may be interest the Blazers have no real depth at center so it’s unlikely they make a move. But now if somebody steps up with an offer they like, the Blazers have another issue to consider.

Joakim Noah says he expects return after All-Star break

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Joakim Noah said Wednesday night his hand is “coming along” and when asked for a timeline said he plans to return right after the All-Star break.

Noah is traveling with the Bulls on the annual “ice show trip” — and if you saw the weather in Chicago you have at least one idea why he wanted to go (it was 64 in Los Angeles Wednesday). But also he is working with the team hoping to get in shape and return from the thumb surgery that has had him out since mid-December. The Bulls have gone 18-6 in his absence, in large part due to the play of Derrick Rose.

Before the Bulls took on the Clippers without him to start the trip, Noah got in some cardio work with a soft cast still protecting his hand. Afterward in the locker room he said he was feeling good and optimistic about the return in a couple of weeks.

That post All-Star weekend timeline is what coach Tom Thibodeau has said he hoped to see previously.