You can now close the book on the Marcus Camby tenure in Portland as the Trail Blazers have traded their big man to the Houston Rockets.
Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears reports via Twitter the Rockets will acquire the center who has played with the Blazers since midway through the 2009-2010 season.
Blazers trade center Marcus Camby to Houston Rockets, a source tells Y!— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 15, 2012
If you are wondering what is coming back in the deal, Spears follows his initial tweet with this one.
Blazers will acquire center Hasheem Thabeet and guard Jonny Flynn from Houston for center Marcus Camby, source tells Y!— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 15, 2012
CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports the deal for the Blazers was a tad sweeter, getting a pick as well as the incoming talent.
Also, Blazers get a second-round pick in the Camby deal, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 15, 2012
The Trail Blazers pulled the plug on an experiment that was going nowhere in Camby. His production was on the decline and he was only averaging 3.8 points and 8.9 rebounds in 22 minutes per contest.
The good news is that depth is on the way to Portland. They now get fill-in players for Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, who are both off the court due to lingering health issues.
Who came out better in this deal?
Roy was forced to retire before the season after he found his knees had taken extensive damage through the years.
Oden had to undergo yet another season-ending surgery. That left the Blazers thin in the paint and in the backcourt. Now they have a couple of rotation players that should bring a great deal of hope to Portland.
The Rockets on the other hand, get a rebounder that can still be a presence on defense.
This was a deal that seemed to be in motion for years. Both Camby and the Rockets have been eyeing a union, and now it has finally happened.