Camby's agent confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com on Friday that he's working with the Raptors to find a better situation for the 39-year-old center. That could be a trade or a buyout to allow Camby to find a new suitor.
New York Knicks
"We have spoken with [Toronto], but haven't demanded anything," Kaplan said. "We are working collaboratively with the Raptors to end up in a situation that works for everyone."
Camby was disappointed when he was traded, expressing his desire to play for a contender.
"It's unfortunate that I wasn't given a meaningful opportunity to contribute last season in New York," he said in a statement. "I was really looking forward to the upcoming year as a chance to show the organization what they missed out on last year, and pushing our team toward the Finals. ... Given that my goal at this point in my career is to have a shot at a championship, however, I'll have to evaluate my options going forward. I've enjoyed a great career, and under the right circumstances I hope to continue making an impact in the league."
Could that contender be the Heat?
Rewind to last July. Camby was on his way to the airport, and Miami, for a meeting with Pat Riley and Co., but his former teammate Allan Houston was able to talk him out of it.
"I took the meeting with him and coach [Mike Woodson], and they pretty much talked me out of going down to Miami to take that visit," he said at the time. "It would have been hard for me to put on that Miami Heat uniform, especially with all of those battles that we had back in the day. I'm happy things worked out here in New York."
Now that the Knicks have jettisoned Camby, could he jump ship to their division rival?
If there's one thing the Heat need, it's size. And Camby, who was healthy during the playoffs but was left out of the Knicks' rotation because of Woodson's small-ball lineups, could help them with his rebounding and shot-blocking ability.
As of now, the Heat are reportedly one of five teams interested in Greg Oden, but they'd likely favor Camby, a former Defensive Player of the Year, over the younger, oft-injured big man. The Heat would also like to re-sign Chris Andersen using some of their mini midlevel exception of $3.18 million, so perhaps they'd look to split that up between him and Camby. The Heat also have veteran's minimum contracts, which Camby could be open to taking, especially to play for the back-to-back champs.
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