Portland Trail Blazers: Is Marcus Camby on the Way Out?

Tyler WardAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 14:  Marcus Camby #23 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 14, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It has been reported over the last few days that Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby and point guard Andre Miller will "more than likely" be traded at the trade deadline. Center Joel Przybilla has also been involved in trade rumors.

Yahoo!'s Marc Spears reported that Camby and Miller will be moved before the deadline. Portland has been in talks with Dallas that would net the team point guard Devin Harris. In return, Camby would be headed to Dallas.

According to Blazersedge, Camby stated that had he known he would be involved in trade talks, he wouldn't have signed an extension with the team last year.

Camby has also said that if he was dealt, he would just rather end his NBA career and go into retirement.

Once you take a step back and look at Camby's career, it isn't that surprising that he would rather retire.

When you look at how much money he's made and how many times he's been traded, it turns out it may be time for him to end his time in the NBA.

However, it dumbfounds me that Camby is actually on the market.

The Blazers are in need of a big man in the middle, and if Camby gets dealt, they would be rather thin in the frontcourt. With Camby returning to the Blazers after a foot injury, he could add some much-needed depth to the Blazers team.

Portland, 32-24, is in the midst of making the playoffs, but Camby would be a big help to the franchise if he stayed on the team.

It really doesn't make much sense for the Blazers to add different players to the mix and mess up the team's chemistry, especially when they are making a playoff push.

Camby means as much to the Blazers as any other player on the team. His demeanor and attitude is one of the best in the NBA.

He may not be one of the best offensive players in the league, but on defense, he's as good as it gets.

Primarily known as a rebounder and shot blocker, Camby has finished in the top 10 in rebounds four times. He has also finished in the top 10 in blocks seven times throughout his professional career.

Camby is also one of the few active players to average a double-double throughout his career (10.2 points and 10 rebounds). For a player to accomplish that for that long is an amazing feat. That's what makes Camby a great player.

Taken with the second overall pick in the 1996 draft by the Raptors, Camby played two seasons in Toronto before being dealt to New York in 1998. After two subpar seasons in the Big Apple, Camby averaged a double-double for the next two seasons.

Prior to the 2002-03 season, Camby was dealt again, only this time to Denver with point guard Mark Jackson. He would play six seasons in Denver before being traded to the Clippers on July 15, 2008.

He would only play 113 games for the Clippers before being dealt to the Blazers at the trade deadline in 2010. That's where he's at right now.

As of today, Camby is either looking at staying with the Blazers or retiring, according to his terms.

It is unclear why Camby would rather retire than be traded.

I can only naturally assume that Camby would not want to suit up for a sixth team and would actually want to stay somewhere for an extended amount of time. Camby seems to be frustrated that the Blazers are actively shopping him.

And of course, Camby's name has been brought up in trade talks with losing teams. If anything, Camby would not want to play for a losing team when his is currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

He simply would not want to play for a team that can't win a championship.

Camby has another year remaining on his contract that will pay him roughly $9.3 million. For this season, he is making $8.5 million.

If the Blazers are trying to become younger, it seems only fit that he would become expendable.

One of the main concerns the Blazers has is the fact that they are a very small team right now. Earlier this season, they lost injury-prone center Greg Oden for the season. Camby has been banged up as of late.

LaMarcus Aldridge has pretty much carried the entire team on his shoulders and has done a pretty good job in doing so.

Joel Przybilla and Dante Cunningham have played fairly well, but neither scores points. And that's what the Blazers need right now.

One question still remains: If the Blazers want to add more offense to the team, will they trade Camby?

It's entirely possible. And it's clear that Camby won't like it. It looks like he's going to have to play the waiting game.

In my opinion, it would be stupid for the Blazers to trade the big man, and Camby also thinks the same thing.