Raps have leverage:
1) try to find trade,
2) save money on buyout,
3) tell him to be a good soldier and they'll trade him before deadline OR release him by March 1st so he can join playoff team.
If he doesn't like these options, he can give up money or sit at home suspended without pay (still counts on Raps books though).
It's bad timing for Camby to think this way, because the Raptors are heading into a season that won't matter a whole lot. We're not exactly in a desperate situation where a guy like Camby holding out on us would be something that hangs a dark cloud over the team.
The other part of this is that he's not exactly at a point in his career where you think OH GAWD I WISH H3 WERE PLAYING 4 US, and the reality is there probably aren't that many "contending" desperate for his services either.
On the other hand do you really want someone with this kind of attitude mentoring JV? I don't. Send him to Olajuwon's camp if you want him to learn.
Edit: I meant for the NBA. I'm sure Sabonis is helping out with the Lithuanian team or something like that (as opposed to sitting at home and watching tv all day).
Maybe you mean amnesty does not count but that doesn't apply to him, obviously it counts against the cap or teams would use it to get out of contracts all the time, what are you smoking?
If we can buy him out for 1 mill or less I say do it. He's not worth the 3-4 mill that we'd have to pay him. In talent or cap space.
I've seen and read both Kobe and Lebron both credit Olajuwon for developing their post-game. When JV shows up with a ring and credits Sabonis, I'll be a believer.
Anyway, Camby is a tough position and I don't think he'll be able to back up when he's saying. Not that he's really said anything.
If teams could force a buy out, then yeah, they'd be buying out bad contracts all the time.
How did it go for Howard who trained with him in 2010 and 2011? Still no post game to speak of and his PPP started to fall starting in 2010-11 season.
I'm not questioning Hakeem's abilities. My only point is Sabonis is one of the greatest to ever play the game and is no slouch. If I were a young player, I'd be ecstatic to work with either.
And Camby is a dipshit.
An up side is that Camby's agent, if he is good, will be looking for trade alternatives besides the buy out so that his selfish effing client can go to another team while satisfying Masai.
One doesn't have to be a pro athlete or an agent to really understand what he needs to do. He sat at the end of the bench of a Knicks team that was destined to make the playoffs. He really thinks Miami is going to come and call just like that? Personally, if I were him, I'd work my tail off for the Raps to be the # 1 big man back-up to showcase my skill. Why wouldn't he just do that? My estimation is that he really doesn't care whether he plays another minute of ball in a contending team. He just wants to "Juwan" it. You know, ride the pine, be a practice dummy, get a ring.
With Howard going to Houston, and Asik wanting out.. I wonder if Houston would be interested in Camby. They love their bigs, and they would need depth there especially if Asik is moved.
Novak is also a great floor spacer for Howard as well.
Novak+Camby for Asik?
Asik would be a great addition to the Raptors front court, but would he hurt JV's development? He would also have a large expiring contract next season.
Regarding Asik, I doubt the Raptors want him due to JV. I doubt he would be happy with that considering he reportedly now wants out of Houston. I'd be looking to be the third team in any Asik deal. Get a pick or prospect for Camby.
The reality is though, I can't see Camby having much value at $4.3M per year. Minimum contract, yes. $4.3M, no.