Marcus Camby Unlikely To Ever Join Toronto Raptors

Marcus Camby Unlikely To Join Toronto Raptors, Asks For Trade Or Release

Marcus Camby started his career with the Tornoto Raptors, but he doesn’t want to end there.

The Raptors made Camby the second overall pick in the 1996 draft, picking the 6-foot-11 center out of UMass. But now after 17 season in the league, Camby said he doesn’t want to finish out his career on a bottom-feeding Toronto team.

The 39-year-old Marcus Camby was dealt to the Raptors as part of a trade bringing Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks. The deal can’t be completed until July 10, but Camby has reportedly already told the Raptors he wants to be traded or released.

Camby was left disappointed by the deal, believing he had more to contribute to the Knicks

“It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t given a meaningful opportunity to contribute last season in New York. 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 towards the Finals. I have nothing but positive things to say about the city of Toronto and its great fans, having been drafted by the Raptors 17 years ago. 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.”

Camby said he wants to play out his remaining years on a contending team.

“We have a great deal of respect for and faith in the new management of the Raptors,” Camby’s agent Rick Kaplan said. “So something is likely to work out for all involved.”

There are reports that the Raptors are already trying to shop Camby, though there’s at least one contender he can’t play for — the Knicks. The CBA prevents him from being traded back to his original team.

Though he’s one of the oldest players in the NBA, Marcus Camby could still have a number of teams interested. He remains a solid defender at the rim, and his ability to still hit midrange jumpshots can stretch out a defense. Camby is set to earn $4.383 million in 2013-14 and $4.177 million in 2014-15.