Marcus Camby still doesn't have a team, but that could change shortly. Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports tweets that the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls are all interested, but the Heat are not as aggressive in their pursuit.
Source says of the 3 teams looking at free-agent center Marcus Camby (and vice versa) #Heat showing less interest than Houston or Chicago.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 26, 2013
Perhaps the Heat believe they will land free-agent center Greg Oden, who is a bigger risk—because of injury, not money—but a much higher reward because of youth and talent.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Oden is set to decide between six teams soon.
Free agent center Greg Oden to make decision next week picking from Sacramento, Miami, ATL, NO, San Antonio & Dallas, source told Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 23, 2013
Taking the Camby stories further, FOX 26 in Houston's Mark Berman is reporting that Camby has passed a physical with the Rockets but still hasn't decided what team he will play for.
Camby has history with the Rockets, and per Berman's report, he owns a home in nearby Pearlman, Texas. That said, it seems he could play a more integral role as a second or third big man for the Chicago Bulls.
In Houston, Camby would certainly be behind Dwight Howard and Omer Asik on the depth chart.
In Chicago, he or Nazr Mohammed could back up Joakim Noah. Camby recently met with members of the Bulls organization, per Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet. Talks were described as having gone "extremely well," and the 39-year-old veteran expressed the desire to transition into coaching and player development.
Both spots seem to have their pros and cons—we should learn soon which team Camby chooses.
Per Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, over a dozen teams have expressed interest in free-agent big man DeJuan Blair. The 24-year-old would reportedly like to be dealt in a sign-and-trade deal to retain his Bird rights. But that may not happen, as the San Antonio Spurs would need to find value in such a deal.
Blair's energy, rebounding and low-post defense could help a contender. The fact that he's just 24 years old makes him even more attractive to teams.
He'd be a steal for the Chicago Bulls if the team could get him on a one-year deal at $4 million per year or less. That is assuming the Bulls don't land Camby. Blair is just 6'7", so he doesn't have the length of a true center, but his lower-body strength and energy have always allowed him to play bigger than he is.
In his four-year career, Blair has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game. That's the type of bench production many contending teams will covet.
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