The Los Angeles Clippers, exactly one week after finding out they had lost their face of the franchise, have rebounded with a significant trade acquisition.
The Clippers on Tuesday acquired Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby as their replacement for Elton Brand.
The Clippers will only have to surrender a future second-round pick to acquire Camby, who is being jettisoned into the Clippers' salary-cap space vacated by Brand to generate payroll relief for the Nuggets.
"I love this acquisition for the current makeup of our team," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We are getting a consummate pro who is maybe the best team defender in the league and who has 60 playoff games under his belt."
I suddenly feel really good about this team. They still might not make the playoffs, since Camby couldn't make anything happen in Denver, even with 'Melo and Iverson, but it feels good to know the Clippers aren't wallowing in self-pity after Brand left them high and dry. And rebound they did, because getting an All-Star for a second-round pick is a freakin' STEAL!
Kaman, Davis, and now Camby? The Clipps are looking pretty good right now. Should be interesting to see what else they do this summer, but Camby's addition only leaves them $2mil under the salary cap so probably not anything too big.
If nothing else it makes the Jermaine O'Neal signing look even dumber. They could have just gotten themselves another shifty swingman with the Jermaine money, there's no need for two washed up O'Neals.