This was a necessary deal financially for the Nuggets and competitively
and psychologically for the Clipper ownership and front office.
Overall, the Clippers will be a better team this year than last year
due to the Baron Davis signing and having a real star PG vs last
year's scrub starter in Brevin Knight.
Camby's offensive is limited so he is a consolation prize for
losing EB. I was very bullish if the Clips retained EB. Now
realistically Clip fans are looking at a 2nd tier playoff team..
anywhere from 6th to 8th seed.
The trading for Camby was a good move for the Clips for
the following reasons:
1. The Camby trade buys two years for the Clips of playoff
contention and big cap space in 2010 vs destroying salary
flexibility by trading for Zach Randolph. Plus, they avoid
a bidding war and uncertainty in signing Oak or Josh Smith.
Camby's salary also gives the Clips the extra space to
add bench depth in adding a few players including resigning
Shaun Livingston to short term minimum contract and veteran
defensive stopper Q Ross to a contract.
2. Camby and Kaman give the Clips a very solid zone defense
inside. Add the stats and you have 25 boards and 5 blocks
a game..impressive. With either Cat or Q on the outside,
this team will be a top defensive team which plays to the
style that nearly put the Clips in the Western Conference finals
in 2005-6. Dunleavy is salivating over having his team
win low scoring games in which some opponents will be lucky
to score 70 points. The Clips now have solid veteran
leadership under the Red Baron and the Cambyman along
with Cat. This team is no nonsense other than Tim Thomas.
3. The Clips gave away only a second round pick and
a trade exception for the deal. The Clips keep Minny's
pick which could be big in the future. Potential future
trading pieces like Tim Thomas and Cat Mobley remain.
Bottomline: Good safe move by the Clips.