Knicks links: New York courts Marcus Camby

USA+BASKETBALL+NBA.JPGThe 38-year-old Marcus Camby ended the 2011-2012 season with the Houston Rockets, but could be coming to New York in a sign-and-trade deal. The biggest question is, will he be joining the Knicks or the Nets?

Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald is no stranger to Marcus Camby.

Back in 1996, Grunwald was a part of the Toronto Raptors front office that chose the former UMass big man over Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbuy, Ray Allen and Peja Stojakovic; and he was still with the organization when Camby was dealt to the Knicks in 1998 for Charles Oakley.

This time, however, acquiring Camby will be more complicated than simply handing an envelope to commissioner David Stern. As the New York Post‘s Marc Berman reported on Sunday, Camby is not interested in the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million, which means the bi-annual exception is the best option for Grunwald and the Knicks at this time (or perhaps a sign-and-trade deal).

Thankfully, the Knicks can also offer the city of New York, All-Stars like Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire as well as the chance to play for a title.

And seeing as both parties met in Houston on Sunday, Camby seems at least open to the idea of taking the Knicks up on that offer.

For more, here’s’s daily aggregation of Knicks news from around the web:

• The Knicks may have the first pitch in to Camby, but the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets aren’t out of the picture, writes Al Iannazzone of Newsday: « A league source said the Knicks and Nets have been the most aggressive teams chasing Camby. According to one report, those two teams are considered the frontrunners to land the 38-year-old in a sign-and-trade with Houston. But the Nets also were trying to land a younger big man, Dwight Howard, and that likely would use up many of the assets needed for Camby… Neither the Knicks nor Nets have much to offer him without a sign-and-trade. The Knicks are expected to use the $3.09-million taxpayer midlevel on Jason Kidd and the Nets will give theirs to European forward Mirza Teletovic. »

• The Knicks and the Nets aren’t alone in the pursuit of Camby, wrote Jared Zwerling of « The source said a few other teams are still in the mix, likely the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets — the latest team to join the race for the unrestricted free agent big man… One of the NBA’s best defensive centers, the highly sought-after Camby is aiming to make a decision in the next couple of days… Camby was scheduled to meet with the Heat on Saturday, but he postponed it to allow the team to work on a potential sign-and-trade with the Rockets. But according to sources, the Rockets are only currently interested in dealing with the Knicks. »

•’s Johnette Howard said the Knicks should be scared of the Nets should New York’s newest team acquire Dwight Howard: « The New York Knicks were tracking the blow-by-blow news updates that rolled into Tuesday evening about the Nets’ switchback-filled attempts to dramatically reshape their franchise. But the Knicks still should have been left privately feeling that they’ve got no worries about losing the city to the Brooklyn-bound rivals if — and it’s a big if — all the Nets end up with is trading for Joe Johnson, the shooting guard with the max contract that Atlanta was only too happy to move on down the road… Only the arrival of Dwight Howard in Brooklyn should be enough to stop the Knicks from saying, ‘Eh. Joe Johnson and Deron Williams? That’s it?' »

Anthony wasn’t shy about his desire to play with Camby again, wrote Nate Taylor of The New York Times‘ « Off the Dribble » blog: « For the past week, the Knicks have been in talks with Camby to see if he could return to New York. Anthony and Camby, a 6-foot-11 center, played together in Denver. Anthony said he hoped to be reunited with Camby… ‘I love Camby,’ Anthony said after the United States men’s team announced its Olympic roster Saturday night. ‘If he wants to come to New York, I’m opening the doors for him. He’s been in New York, and to have him back, and for him to still be able to do what he can do, I want that.' »

• It’s a touch early to be printing up Knicks jerseys with the name « Paul » written on the back, but Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote that All-Star Chris Paul is open to the idea: « ‘I know why I didn’t sign my extension,’ Paul said on Sunday before the U.S. Olympic team practiced. ‘I’m going to play this season out and see what my options are.’… Paul wouldn’t entirely rule out ending up in a Knicks uniform and neither would Anthony, who smiled when asked about Paul’s future prospects… But Paul admitted that he was encouraged by what the Clippers have done this summer in adding a couple of former Knicks: re-signing Chauncey Billups and signing Jamal Crawford. Moreover, Paul enjoyed his first season in Los Angeles. He made the All-Star team and the Clippers won a first-round playoff series. »

• With Kidd in the bag, the Knicks can move their attention to Jeremy Lin, wrote the Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney: « They have a chance for a tantalizing tandem at point guard, the 39-year-old veteran who is one of the most accomplished ever at the position and the undrafted Ivy Leaguer who took the NBA by storm last season… ‘If we can get Jeremy back, I would love that,’ forward Carmelo Anthony said. ‘Overall just to have him back him and Jason Kidd, him learning under Jason Kidd, for however long Jason Kidd is there, I accept that, we accept that, and that’s a great opportunity for us.' »

Could the Knicks put together a package for Dwight Howard? Anthony Riccobono of the International Business Times thinks it’s possible: « If the Lakers are out of the picture, the Knicks might be able to offer the Magic the best deal. New York can give Orlando two potential All-Stars, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, in exchange for one. Chandler won the Defensive Player of the Year award this past season, and while Stoudemire struggled, he started in the All-Star game the year before. »


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