He’s heard his name in trade rumors almost from the day he arrived in Los Angeles. And after Wednesday’s 97-80 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, he admitted the Clippers 12-game losing streak felt “more like 30.”
But Marcus Camby isn’t ready to jump ship just yet.
“I’m here for the long haul,” Camby said. “Health is our issue. Myself, Chris (Kaman), Baron (Davis), Zach (Randolph). That core right there we should make the playoffs.
“So I’m still feeling confident. Right now it’s a tough time for everbody. No one is playing at their best right now. We’re not having great team success, it’s frustrating at times. But for the most part, guys have really been in the ball games, they’ve battled, and they’ve competed with what we’ve got.”
Kaman, Davis and Randolph are all out with injuries and still at least a week away from returning. Kaman (foot) is likely out through the All Star break.
The Clippers have consistently maintained they have no intention of trading Camby, despite widespread interest around the league in the 6-foot-11 forward.
Camby, who will turn 35 on March 22, is averaging a career-high 13.8 rebounds this season, 12.1 points and 2.4 blocks a game.
Before the game, Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said that there was “no question” Camby has been the team’s most valuable player in this injury-plagued season.
“He’s been pretty much our glue,” Dunleavy said. “Just because of his consistency. He’s a factor at both ends of the floor for us.”
Wednesday night he finished with 12 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks.