NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat Must Acquire Marcus Camby

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterJuly 7, 2012

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 22: Marcus Camby #29 of the Houston Rockets and Dexter Pittman #45 of the Miami Heat fight for a loose ball during a game  at American Airlines Arena on April 22, 2012 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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NBA title or no title, the Miami Heat could use a long, tall, floor-burning shot-blocker like Marcus Camby to bolster their operation.

The question is, what's the best way for the Heat to get such a deal done?

In a perfect world (for the Heat, anyway), the Camby Man would come to South Beach and be so taken aback by the beautiful scenery, the sweet talk of Pat Riley and the glow of the Larry O'Brien Trophy that he'd sign for the veteran's minimum of approximately $1.35 million.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, that isn't likely to be the case. Camby is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal worth around $3 million per season. The Heat can't offer Camby that sort of money, not after fitting in Ray Allen with an exception of just that size.

That is, unless Riles gets crafty again, perhaps by engaging the Houston Rockets in a sign-and-trade for Camby. Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports that the two teams have discussed possible packages involving (among other pieces) Norris Cole, Joel Anthony and draft picks.

Whether the Heat would be willing to give up a 23-year-old scoring guard with some promise for a 38-year-old center on his last legs is another story. Camby was scheduled to meet with the Heat on Saturday, but postponed the discussion once Miami used its remaining financial flexibility to lure Allen to town.

Despite their perceived lack of size, the Heat aren't quite as starved for rim protection as one might think. They ranked 11th in the NBA in blocks per game and, according to Team Rankings, were ninth in block percentage last season.

Still, Miami could use some size up front, especially size that can run the floor with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, as Camby presumably would. Even at his age, Camby remains one of the more lithe frontcourt players in the league, with the length and defensive reputation to bother the shots that the rest of Erik Spoelstra's defenders don't get to first.

Unfortunately for the Heat, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are both firmly in the mix. Brian Windhorst adds that the Knicks have more attractive sign-and-trade assets than do the Heat and, if need be, could try to talk swap for Jason Kidd with the Dallas Mavericks instead and designate their $3 million exception for Camby.

As for the Nets, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that Brooklyn GM Billy King has taken a shining to Camby, though it's unclear whether he'll have the resources to make a serious play.

In any case, it would behoove the Heat to get down to brass tacks with the Rockets as soon as possible, lest Riles watch Camby saunter back to New York. The Heat are already the prohibitive favorites to defend their title next season, a claim bolstered by the arrival of Ray Allen.

But with Old Man Camby swatting shots on South Beach, the Heat would be even tougher to beat.


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