The Trail Blazers traded Marcus Camby to the Rockets for Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet and a second round pick as part of a complete roster overhaul.
The Rockets appear to be a dangerous team right now. And not just as an upstart eight-seed to challenge Oklahoma City. Because they might not be sitting in that eight-seed slot much longer.
Giving up very little to get back Camby is a shrewd move by Daryl Morey as he tries to piece together a team that can return to the postseason. Now he's got Camby and Samuel Dalembert inside, which makes one heckuva over-the-hill tandem. Still, Camby, Dalembert and Luis Scola give the Rockets good size and depth inside, especially when they're looking at the prospect of taking on teams like the Lakers who possess a lot of beef in the paint in the Western Conference playoffs.
No telling how productive Camby will be as his age has really started to show lately, but he's an expiring deal and it's not like the Rockets gave up anything of value to get him. Thabeet was not going to do anything and Flynn is their third-string point guard when Kyle Lowry returns. Letting go of a second round pick is really the worst thing of it all, but Morey made up for it by snagging a first rounder from the Lakers in the Derek Fisher deal.
The Rockets wanted better than Camby as they pursued Pau Gasol, but he'll have to do for now.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
If you're going to blow things up and tank, might as well go all out. So not only did the Blazers move out Camby, but they brought back a bunch of garbage in return. If Portland fans hated Raymond Felton, then they're going to really enjoy the Jonny Flynn era. If you know what I mean.
Thabeet still possibly has an NBA career in front of him if he's willing to put in the work. A league source told me that Thabeet's not necessarily lazy. He just doesn't know how to put in the right kind of work to get better. This is his third team and maybe something will strike a chord for him in Portland. Thabeet's the kind of player that wants a chance and a commitment from a team to give him big minutes. With the Blazers mailing it in, maybe he'll get that.
I'm sure the Blazers had higher hopes for what they got back, but you can't expect to get a great return when you're dealing a 37-year-old center that might not care.