Last night as the rumors were picking up that the Knicks were going to acquire Andrea Bargnani from the Raptors, most of the focus was on the draft picks going to Toronto.
What most people seemed to overlook was the fact that both Steve Novak and Marcus Camby would also be leaving New York.
When it became clear he was not going to retire, like Jason Kidd did, and try to play again for the Knicks, his contract became a bit of an albatross.
Camby last night had nice things to say about the city of Toronto, the Raptors made him the #2 overall pick in the 1996 draft, but seemed unhappy with leaving New York.
“It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t given a meaningful opportunity to contribute last season in New York,” he said to ESPNNewYork.com. “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 only played in 24 games last year and was basically a non factor in every one of those games. The Knicks gave up Toney Douglas, Josh Harrelson, Jerome Jordan and two second round picks to get him last year. Which sounds awfully familiar to the trade they just made involving Camby this time heading out instead of coming in.
It’s a shame really that the second coming of Marcus Camby did not work out. The nostalgic person in me will always be a fan of his for what he did in the 1999 and 2000 seasons for the Knicks.
The facts are that his injuries this season combined with the contract he got just were too much for the team to deal with and made him a question mark going into the year.
He was either hurt or stapled to the bench and even when it looked like he could be of some use against Indiana, Mike Woodson wouldn’t even give him a shot.
The players part of this trade to me were not an issue at all. The Knicks actually save money in the future by not having the third year of Novak’s deal on the books and they get a younger player in Bargnani.
All the negatives about Bargnani and giving up the first round pick aside, the players aspect of this deal is more than fine.
Although he struggled all season. it wont hurt my respect for what he did in his first go around with this team. But at the end of the day, him being traded was the right move.