Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Camby Should Be Target for Lakers

Patrick BrittonAnalyst IJuly 7, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 02:  Marcus Camby #29 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Omer Asik #3 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Rockets defeated the Bulls 99-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With the money given to players like Roy Hibbert and Omer Asik this offseason, the Lakers will have a hard time finding a young, talented big man to sign with them. While re-signing Jordan Hill is still an option, Marcus Camby would make the most sense for both sides.

At 38, Camby has yet to win a championship in his career and after making millions of dollars over the last two decades, he should consider taking a pay cut to sign with a contender. 

Part of the reason the Lakers struggled against Oklahoma City this spring was that they lacked quality play up front when Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum had to sit. While he's not a great scorer, Camby is still a very good rebounder and shot blocker. Last year, the big man averaged nine rebounds per game to go along with 1.4 blocks per game. 

Camby could be signed at the veteran's minimum which would help the Lakers out because of their luxury tax situation. Los Angeles is already paying over $80 million in salary next season and still have to sign a few more players to their roster. 

If the season began today, the Lakers big man off the bench would be Josh McRoberts. After seeing McRoberts completely disappear in the postseason where he averaged just 0.3 points per game, it's clear that Los Angeles desperately needs to improve their second unit if they want to reach the Finals next year. Camby could help them do that.