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Marcus Camby is a player the New York Knicks never should have gave up on. That being said, he is a potential trade target that they would do best to avoid.
Camby is appealing for a few reasons. He is a defensive guru, great rebounder and his $9.3 million contract comes off the books after next season. However, let's not forget the baggage Camby comes with.
At 37, and with a history of injuries, Camby may not have the type of season where he averaged 10.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game like last year. Yes, he is athletic, but he hasn't played in 65 or more games in any of the past four seasons.
Let's also not forget that when he was on the trading block last season, Camby said he would contemplate retirement if traded.
Furthermore, who are the Knicks going to have to relinquish to obtain the center? Any combination of Landry Fields, Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert is a bad deal because of how young they are. It's different if we are talking about Steve Nash, who has the ability to make the Knicks a contender, but Camby doesn't.
This is not to say the Knicks do not need a center, because they do, but the risk surrounding Camby is far greater than any dividends he could pay, and almost any cost is too high a price.
It was unwise of New York to deal Camby back in 2002, but it would be even more of a mistake to bring him back now.