ESPN is reporting that the Clippers and Blazers are “at the goal line” on a deal that would send Marcus Camby to the Trailblazers for Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake.
Even with Outlaw out for the next few weeks as he finishes recovering from foot surgery, this could be a pretty good move for both sides if it happens, though it would be a much better deal for the Blazers than the Clippers.
The Blazers would get a big man who is currently second in the league in rebounding, who can play the style of ball the Blazers play and who will be a contributor in the locker room. Huge gain for them. Meanwhile, the Clippers would be getting a competent point guard to spell Baron Davis without fear of things going out of control and, in Outlaw, a guy who could come back and fill a huge void at small forward the Clippers currently have. Because all players involved have expiring contracts, there’s no long-term cap implications, which both teams are said to be looking for.
However (and with the Clippers, there’s always a however), the trade would still put the Clippers in a position where they still would not be far enough under the salary cap to make a free agent a max deal this summer and that’s what we here in Clipperland are hoping will be an all-out push for one of the marquee free agents set to hit the market this summer (LeBron James, Dewayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Adam Morrison).
I’m hoping that the reason the deal hasn’t been agreed to is because the Clippers, much like the Suns in the Amare Stoudemire sweepstakes, know they have a highly-coveted asset in Camby and are interested to see what further offers rumors of this trade stirs up. That, of course, is giving Clipper GM Mike Dunleavy Sr. way more credit than he has earned, so maybe it’s just because the team wants to wait until after they get a better look at Blake’s game tonight, when they play AT PORTLAND.
That’s right, the Clippers have decided to get to the 1-yard line on trade talks with a team they play tonight, just to increase the awkwardness around the Rose Garden tonight. Brilliant.