From Ric Bucher’s Twitter:
“Source says Clippers have dealt Marcus Camby for Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake. Details and deeper confirmation to follow on the mothership.”
Here’s how the trade looks, assuming (most likely incorrectly) that there are no other moving parts involved. According to The Oregonion and Rotoworld.com, Outlaw is optimistically pegged to return to action (foot surgery) later this month. Outlaw averaged 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21 minutes a game before falling to injury 11 games into the season. Journeyman Steve Blake has been one of the few Blazers to stay healthy for the full year and has averaged 7.6 points and 4 assists in 27 minutes a game. Both players are on contracts that expire this season.
UPDATE: This trade has not yet been made official. The inclusion of cash going to the Clippers has now been mentioned by various sources. The Clippers will retain the Bird Rights to both Outlaw and Blake once their contracts expire.
A few things to keep in mind:
- If the trade stands as currently constructed, the Clippers roster will be over the limit at 16 players, all of which are on guaranteed contracts. This could mean there is another trade in the works, or more realistically that someone will be bought out of their contract or waived.
- The Clippers did not hold the bird rights to Marcus Camby (Ed Note: Please see below). If this trade goes through, they will hold the Bird Rights for both Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake for next Summer.
- The details are still fuzzy, but the Clippers stand to make money off the trade even if cash is not directly included in the deal.
Check back for more details as they become available.
Ed Note: The Clippers actually do have the Bird Rights for Marcus Camby, but they would be unlikely to exercise them. Unless the Clippers renounced the the rights to Camby, they likely wouldn’t have the room to make a max offer. You can read more on Bird Rights here.