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UPDATE (7/9/2012): Ben Leibowitz
The Miami Heat are officially out of the running for veteran big man Marcus Camby.
Camby has reportedly reached an agreement to sign with the New York Knicks on a three-year, $13.2 million deal via a sign-and-trade with Houston, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN.
It would have been nice for Miami to add a true center (a position that has been elusive in South Beach), but it's not a huge loss.
The Heat proved with their small-ball lineup in the NBA Finals this year that they're able to outplay bigger, more physically imposing players (Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins).
Obviously, luring Ray Allen was the bigger target for Miami this summer and they succeeded in bringing him to Miami. It's unfortunate that Camby is joining a different team in the Eastern Conference, but the Heat will still be active in free agency.
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UPDATE (7/8/12): Maxwell Ogden
Just when it started to look as if the Miami Heat could add the big man they've long needed, the team they eliminated seems to have exacted some revenge. Much like the Heat's signing of Ray Allen, the culprit behind the steal could be a superstar 3.
Marcus Camby appears to be in favor of this welcoming, as he's reportedly cancelled his meeting with the Miami Heat. In all likelihood, the champs will need to continue in their search of a quality big man to play at the 5.
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UPDATE (7/7/2012): Ben Leibowitz
A deal that includes Marcus Camby leaving Houston for the Miami Heat has become a bit more convoluted recently.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Camby's visit with the Heat set for this weekend was postponed due to the signing of Ray Allen, which took up the Heat's available cap space.
For the Heat to acquire Camby moving forward, it would have to be through a sign-and-trade deal with Houston.
However, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Rockets are still aggressively pursuing Dwight Howard. If the Rockets execute a sign-and-trade involving Camby moving forward, they'll want to acquire assets that they could use in a possible deal for Howard.
Do the Heat have enough available to make a sign-and-trade worthwhile for Houston? That remains to be seen.
UPDATE (7/6/12): Maxwell Ogden
Marcus Camby appears to have cut his list down to two. According to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle, those two teams happen to have been opponents in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
While the Houston Rockets remain a team with an outside chance, it's hard to imagine Camby opting to remain in Texas. The 38-year-old is approaching retirement and would be best suited for a title run in either Miami or New York.
According to a CSN.com article referencing Chris B. Haynes' Twitter, Marcus Camby has narrowed down his free agency search to six NBA teams.
Among those six is the Miami Heat.
Joel Anthony is the only capable center on the roster right now for Miami, but even Anthony has limited basketball skills and is undersized for a center.
Chris Bosh has been successful at sliding over to the five spot while the Heat play small-ball, but it's safe to say he's more comfortable playing power forward.
If the Heat were to land Camby, they'd solidify the center position for certain situations.
Camby is getting up there in age, but he's still a solid rebounder and great shot-blocker.
The Heat were effective utilizing their small lineups in the playoffs this year, but Camby would be a nice fit for a change of pace and a defensive post presence.