Clippers get Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw for Marcus Camby
It's unclear if the players will play for their new teams Tuesday night when the Clippers face Portland at the Rose Garden. Outlaw has not played since Nov. 14 because of a broken foot.
The Clippers also waived guard Ricky Davis.
Blake started 28 of the 51 games he had played for Portland this season, averaging 7.6 points and four assists. Outlaw was averaging 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in the 11 games he played before suffering his injury.
For Portland, the 6-foot-11 Camby should provide a considerable upgrade over the aging Juwan Howard in their frontcourt. The Trail Blazers were desperate for help after centers Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla were lost for the season because of knee injuries. Camby is an elite shot blocker and rebounder averaging 7.7 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, the latter figure ranking second in the league. He was also averaging 1.9 blocks per game.
Camby, a 14-year veteran, said Monday before the Clippers departed for Portland that he "would love to finish my career here" in Los Angeles rather than be traded to a playoff contender. The Trail Blazers (31-24) are in eighth place in the Western Conference, meaning they would be in the playoffs if they started today.
"I know we don't have the best record," Camby said of the Clippers. "I know we're not where we want to be as a team. But my family loves the situation. My wife, my kids love the school system. But you can't control it."
Even though the Clippers have lost eight of nine games to fall a season-worst 10 games under .500, Camby said the situation wasn't as bad as it might seem.
"I like our guys," he said. "I like our coaching staff. Players, we're real close. We're like distant brothers. So I would love to be here."
-- Ben Bolch and Kevin Baxter
Photo: Marcus Camby, right, in a game against Denver in November. Credit: AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill.