Update (12:58AM): Jason Quick adds Outlaw's reaction...
"I'm cool with it,'' Outlaw said shortly before midnight. "It doesn't bother me. It's a business. I'll just go somewhere else and play. Don't get me wrong - I appreciate the opportunity Portland gave me, but I also know it's a business.''
Update (11:47PM): Jason Quick of The Oregonian says the deal is on...
The Trail Blazers will trade forward Travis Outlaw and guard Steve Blake to the Los Angeles Clippers for veteran center Marcus Camby, an agent for one of the players has confirmed to The Oregonian.
The deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, well before the noon Thursday trading deadline, and on the same day the Clippers are in Portland to play the Blazers on Tuesday in the Rose Garden.
Update (11:41PM): Ric Bucher tweets...
Sources: Camby for Outlaw/Blake is not done. Still needs owner approval and could unravel, but looks close.
Update (11:28PM): Ken Berger of CBS Sports writes that it is not done...
The Trail Blazers were on the verge of acquiring Marcus Camby from the Clippers early Tuesday, a move that would fill the void left by season-ending injuries to centers Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla.
A person involved in the discussions confirmed to CBSSports.com that the scenario was alive, but cautioned, "Nothing's done." Pending league approval and the negotiation of cash considerations that would make the deal a winner with money-minding Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the Blazers would be sending Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw to the Clippers for Camby, a solid basket defender whose $7.7 million expiring contract makes him the perfect rental for the Blazers.
Update (11:12PM): Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports writes that Marcus Camby is not happy...
The proposed trade, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, will send Camby to Portland in exchange for forward Travis Outlaw, guard Steve Blake and cash
In town in advance of their Tuesday game against the Trail Blazers, the Clippers were having a team dinner at Portland's Ringside steakhouse Monday night when Camby received a call on his cell phone from Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard. Pritchard informed Camby that he will likely be traded to Portland once the league finalizes the deal on Tuesday.
After taking the call, Camby immediately walked out of the restaurant. A source close to him says he is "very upset" about the trade. He had hoped to re-sign with the Clippers this summer.
Update (10:59PM): ESPN is backtracking. Oh dear.
The Los Angeles Clippers were in discussion to trade forward-center Marcus Camby to the Portland Trail Blazers for Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.
One source close to the situation initially said that the sides had agreed on the deal, but multiple sources later said that the deal was close but not completed. A Clippers source called the talks "substantive."
In a text message to ESPNLosAngeles.com, Camby said that he "hadn't heard anything about it" from either his agent or the Clippers. He has said that he would prefer to remain in Los Angeles, but he understands why his name continues to come up in trade talks.
Original Post (10:29PM)
According to Ric Bucher and Chad Ford, the long rumored deal between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers is official. Marcus Camby fills the Blazers' gaping hole at center while Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw move their expiring contracts down to Clipperland.
Further details as they emerge.
Tonight is for instant reaction. Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Update (10:50PM): For those seeking contract numbers... Camby is in the final year of his contract earning $9.1 million (including roughly $1.4 million in potential incentives). He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Blake is in the final year of his deal earning $4 million and Outlaw is in the final year of his deal making $3.6 million. Both are unrestricted free agents this summer.
As a result of this move, John Hollinger's analysis in the ESPN Trade Machine projects the Blazers to improve by 4 wins while the Clippers drop by 6 wins over the course of an 82 game season.
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