Chicago Bulls Rumors: Marcus Camby Would Give Team Needed Depth at Center

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 24, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09:  Marcus Camby #23 of the New York Knicks waits to enter the game in the second half against the Dallas Mavericks on November 9, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The New York Knicks defeated the Dallas Mavericks 104-94. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Signing Marcus Camby wouldn't be a major splash, but his presence would potentially add depth to a rather thin position for the Chicago Bulls. Per Ira Winderman, the Bulls are among the finalists to sign the recently released 39-year-old veteran center.

As of now, the Bulls have only Joakim Noah and Nazr Mohammed as legitimate centers on the roster. Adding Camby as another body would improve the team overall. Though he's not the defensive stalwart he used to be and likely not capable of playing extended minutes, he should be able to spell Noah and/or Mohammed if he picks the Bulls.

Noah has had plantar fasciitis issues over the past three seasons. Over the last four seasons, Noah has missed 70 games. On an average for his career, if you give him credit for playing 79 games of the lockout-shortened season, which is what he was on pace for, Noah plays 68.5 games per year.

Because the team should expect him to miss his share of games—or better yet—Tom Thibodeau should rest him to keep him fresh, the Bulls need to have depth at the position.

Camby averaged 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocked shots in 24 games for the New York Knicks during the 2012-13 season.

He played just 10.4 minutes per game last season for the Knicks. It is hard to imagine him playing much more than that in Chicago unless injuries attack the Bulls roster again this season.

It may appear that the Bulls were too passive during this offseason, but the team was in a good position to contend with the talent they already had. Keeping the team healthy for the postseason should be the primary goal this year.

The Bulls can't afford to be a skeleton crew by the time the playoffs roll around again this season. Adding small pieces like Camby can go a long way in keeping starters and key reserves healthy.


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