Camby decision just got tougher

What to do with Marcus Camby?

The Clippers have maintained internally that Camby’s $9,150,000 million
expiring contract is the most attractive expiring contract in the
league because the 35-year-old is still so effective and because so
many contending teams — such as Dallas, San Antonio, Denver and
Portland — have either chased him hard in the past or want another big
man for the postseason.

The Clips, though, have resisted all trade interest in Camby to date — most recently from Washington and a potential Caron Butler-for-Camby swap — in part because they wanted to get a firm read on the timetable for Griffin’s comeback as well a look at Griffin and Camby playing together before making such a big decision. So much for the latter luxury.

One source with knowledge of the Clippers’ thinking said Wednesday that knowing now that Griffin is not coming back this season makes it more likely that L.A. keeps Camby for the rest of the season to continue his frontcourt partnership with Chris Kaman and rely on Camby to fill the Griffin void.

Yet you can be sure that teams will keep calling the Clips to test their determination to keep Camby . . . just like last season. It emerged after the deadline passed last February that both Portland and San Antonio engaged in serious Camby talks with the Clips on deadline day before L.A. ultimately walked away from both offers.

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