Marcus Camby said he will evaluate his future after the New York Knicks reached an agreement to trade the 17-year National Basketball Association veteran and Steve Novak to the Toronto Raptors.
The Knicks agreed to trade Camby, Novak and a 2016 first-round draft choice to the Raptors in exchange for the 27-year-old Andrea Bargnani, a 7-foot forward from Italy who was the league’s top pick in 2006, according to the New York Times. The deal won’t be official until July 10, when the league’s moratorium on trades and signings is lifted.
Camby, 39, said in a statement that he was disappointed that he wasn’t given a “meaningful opportunity” to contribute to the Knicks last year, playing three total minutes in the team’s 12-game playoff run. He said that his goal is to win a championship, and he will evaluate his options before joining the Raptors, a team that has not advanced out of the first round of the playoffs since 2001.
“I’ve enjoyed a great career and under the right circumstances I hope to continue making an impact in the league,” Camby said in the statement through his agent, Rick Kaplan.
Camby was drafted by the Raptors in 1996 and spent the first two years of his career in Toronto. He’s averaged 9.5 points and 9.8 rebounds for his career. Camby is owed $8.6 million over the next two seasons.
Camby and Novak posted yesterday on their Twitter accounts thanking Knicks executives, fans, coaches and teammates for their support. Novak, 30, shot a team-best 43 percent from three-point range last season, his second in New York.
“Once a Knick, Always a Knick,” Novak said. “Next stop… Toronto!”
-- Editors: Michael Sillup, Jay Beberman