Marcus Camby wants to remain in Portland, but if the team does trade him he would prefer to be dealt to a contending team.
A source says that the veteran will contemplate retirement if moved to a rebuilding club.
The Knicks, however, are one team that Camby would approve.
ESPN.com’s Chad Ford wrote in a chat on Wednesday that the Rockets are very active in trade talks. According to Ford, Yao Ming is not the only player Houston is making available in trade discussions.
“Rockets are very, very active right now. Virtually everyone on the team is for sale for the right price,” Ford wrote.
“I’ve heard Yao, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Battier all mentioned. Rockets want/need a star right now and are willing to package players together to get it. Problem is their talent level is solid, but overpaid. Martin and Scola are good, but few teams want those contracts. Yao is solid as an expiring contract, but there are tons of those floating around. If you believe Yao will come back, could be some value there, but he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer.”
Sources say the Wolves also are targeting Anthony Randolph, who is languishing on the Knicks’ bench after being acquired from Golden State.
Minnesota officials will not part with Luke Ridnour in the deal, according to an executive familiar with the team’s strategy, but instead hope that Sebastian Telfair would be enough to solve the Knicks’ backup point guard dilemma.
Derrick Rose, who scored 18 points, had 12 assists and six rebounds on Tuesday, may wind up with a new backcourt sidekick. NBA sources tell us the Bulls are one of the most aggressive teams in the NBA trade market as they try to find a scoring guard who is a good fit with Rose.
USC coach Kevin O’Neill, a longtime college head coach and NBA assistant has experience with Stephen Jackson and O.J. Mayo, both of whom reportedly on the Bulls radar.
“Jackson is a better shooter and probably is a better fit alongside Rose,” O’Neill said. “Mayo is more of a slasher and wants the ball in his hands to take it to the basket, which takes the ball out of Rose’s hands. (That’s why) Jackson is probably a better complement to Rose.”
The Wizards are shopping JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche to see how much interest there might be, according to a report.
The two were involved in an altercation outside of a Washington D.C. club last week, but it isn’t known whether the team’s decision to shop the big men is a direct result.
Washington signed Blatche to an extension over the summer that runs through 2015.