Posted March 15, 2012

Report: Blazers Trade Center Marcus Camby To Rockets

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What a deadline it’s been — first the Lakers got their point guard and it wasn’t Chris Paul, and now the Houston Rockets get their big man, and it’s not Pau Gasol. Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears says the Portland Trail Blazers have dealt veteran center Marcus Camby to Houston.

Camby, who turns 38 in a week, escapes the flaming wreckage that is a Blazers team mutinying against coach Nate McMillan. He joins a Rockets team that’s been dying to land one extra big man for the stretch run — Houston GM Daryl Morey tried and failed to land both Gasol and Nene this past offseason.

Camby started 40 games at center for Portland this season despite his advanced age. While his offensive production is pretty much shot (he’s shooting 41.6 percent and averaging 3.8 points in 22.4 minutes this year), he remains a tough, physical presence in the paint. The 16-year veteran is averaging 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

The Rockets are currently 24-20 this season, clinging to the eighth and final spot in the West playoffs. The Camby acquisition may just be enough to keep them solidly in contention down the stretch.