Rockets open to sign-and-trade for Marcus Camby

By Quixem Ramirez

April 6, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Goran Dragic (3) and Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby (29) leave the court after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 112-107 at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Rockets are open to a sign-and-trade for Marcus Camby if they receive sufficient compensation according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports.

Camby has limited his potential suitors to Miami, Dallas, New York and San Antonio. With Tim Duncan’s inevitable contract agreement on hold for the time being, the Spurs are still talking to Camby’s camp as the situation develops further.

The Spurs have many sign-and-trade options, most notably DeJuan Blair, Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter. Houston also has a lot of assets of their own: Luis Scola, who is set to earn $30.6 million over three years (AAV: $10.2 million) and Kevin Martin’s massive expiring contract, worth $12.9 million.

Whether San Antonio decides the 38-year-old Camby, who blocked 4.8% of the opponents field goal attempts when he was on the floor last season, will be worth flipping younger, cost-effective pieces for will be up for debate. Given the Spurs’ poor pick-and-roll defense and Camby’s lack of mobility, I don’t think Camby will provide quite the defensive boost that most fans expect.

Update, 7:08 CST: The Rockets have flipped Marcus Camby in a sign-and-trade deal to New York according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Rockets will receive New York’s 2014 and 2015 second-round picks, Josh Harrelson, Jerome Jordan and Toney Douglas (the Knicks will pay his salary).

New York receives Camby, who they signed to a three-year, $13.2 million contract. Camby, 38, will earn $10 million during the first two years of his deal. The third year is non-guaranteed.