NBA Free-Agent Rumors: Boston Celtics Reportedly Interested in Marcus Camby

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIJuly 8, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 02:  Marcus Camby #29 of the Houston Rockets and Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls battle for a rebound 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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The Boston Celtics are going to look like a different team next season, and it appears that facelift may be more drastic than it originally appeared.

With Ray Allen off to Miami, the Celtics are looking to add some pieces, and according to ESPN, they are now pursuing both Courtney Lee and Marcus Camby. The Celtics don't have room under the salary cap to sign either player, but they have told the Houston Rockets that they are willing to participate in sign-and-trade deals for both guys.

That would be a major move.

The New York Knicks and Miami Heat also are going hard after Camby, according to ESPN. So, a serious battle between Eastern Conference powers could be developing.

Lee is one of the most coveted guards left on the free-agent market, and Camby is a defensive stopper who can still contribute despite being 38 years old. The team's pursuit of Lee makes sense in the wake of Allen's departure, but Camby is a little surprising. 

The 16-year veteran averaged 7.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 24.1 minutes during his 19-game stretch with the Rockets last season. His field goal percentage also has been dropping considerably over the past few seasons, adding to his inefficiency on offense. In 2011, he hit just 39.8 percent of his shots from the field, while he hit just 44.5 percent last season. 

Still, if the Celtics can get Camby for cheap, they would have another defensive specialist on the inside to take some of the pressure off Kevin Garnett

Boston added Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo in the 2012 NBA Draft, but both guys have serious question marks surrounding them. While they are talented, bringing in a guy like Camby would help in the short term while the two young draft picks could develop. 

Camby and Lee would both be solid pickups for the Celtics right now.