Ric Bucher has just reported that, according to sources, the Los Angeles Clippers have traded Marcus Camby to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake. More details soon…
OK—So ESPN has backtracked a bit, removing the trade as finalized from their site. (It’s called fact-checking, dudes.) That said, our bet is that this thing is on, evidenced by this story by Marc J. Spears:
In town in advance of their Tuesday game against the Trail Blazers, the Clippers were having a team dinner at Portland’s Ringside steakhouse Monday night when Camby received a call on his cell phone from Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard. Pritchard informed Camby that he will likely be traded to Portland once the league finalizes the deal on Tuesday.
Assuming that call happened, it’s just a matter of minutia now.
Spears’ piece is a pretty illuminating read about Camby’s current state of mind—he’s not psyched about heading north. It seems like the veteran center was happy with the Clips (which is crazy, if you think about all the DECADES OF TUMULT):
After taking the call from Kaplan, Camby immediately walked out of the restaurant. A source close to Camby says that while he recognizes the benefits of playing for a better team, he is upset because his family is comfortably settled in Los Angeles. He had hoped to re-sign with the Clippers this summer.
“He likes the Clippers, he likes the organization, he likes L.A.,” the source said. “His wife is happy in L.A. And he’s not one for change. He’s definitely not happy about this.”
Jason Quick, who thought the Blazers wouldn’t make a move is now reporting this thing is a go.
The Trail Blazers will trade forward Travis Outlaw and guard Steve Blake to the Los Angeles Clippers for veteran center Marcus Camby, an agent for one of the players has confirmed to The Oregonian.
The deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, well before the noon Thursday trading deadline, and on the same day the Clippers are in Portland to play the Blazers on Tuesday in the Rose Garden.