Marcus Camby canceled his scheduled visit with the Miami Heat on Saturday, a move that puts the Knicks out in front to land the free-agent center.
The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported Saturday afternoon that Camby had postponed his meeting with the Heat after the team agreed to a contract with free-agent guard Ray Allen. The Heat gave Allen its full $3.1 million mid-level exception, and Camby now will wait and see if the Heat can complete a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Camby is looking for a starting salary around $3 million and a multi-year contract. The Knicks could still offer Camby their mid-level exception — if they complete a sign-and-trade for point guard Jason Kidd with the Dallas Mavericks. Or they could work out a sign-and-trade with the Rockets and give Kidd, with whom they agreed to terms on a deal this week, their mid-level exception.
A crucial point in the Camby sweepstakes is that the Rockets are reportedly willing to execute a sign-and-trade with the Knicks but not the Heat because they are more interested in the Knicks' potential package, ESPN's Windhorst reported. That would mean Miami could only offer the veteran-minimum salary of $1.4 million, less than half of what the Knicks could give Camby.
The Miami Herald's Jackson reported that the Heat have offered Joel Anthony, Norris Cole and a future first-round draft picks to the Rockets. The Knicks could send the expiring contract of point guard Toney Douglas, center Josh Harrelson, and the non-guaranteed contract of Dan Gadzuric, Jackson reported. The San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets have also expressed interest in signing Camby. Camby averaged 4.9 points and nine rebounds per game last season with the Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.