This year’s free agency has been mostly highlighted by players in their late 30s, fromÂ Steve Nash, toÂ Jason Kidd, toÂ Ray AllenÂ — veteran players who still have game left to help a contending team. Now,Â Marcus CambyÂ is the latest one to receive interest from several top ballclubs. Â Read more after the jump.
The 38-year-old unrestricted free agent will be meeting with theÂ Miami HeatÂ and then theÂ New York KnicksÂ this weekend, according to a source with knowledge of Camby’s plans. Those two are viewed as the favorites to land the four-time blocks leader, who was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. Both teams need more of an interior presence, and for the Knicks, they don’t have a proven and seasoned big man in their second unit locked up yet.
If Camby goes to the Heat or signs with the Rockets,Â Dallas MavericksÂ orÂ San Antonio SpursÂ — other teams in the hunt for him — the Knicks likely would turn their attention to re-signing unrestricted free agentÂ Jared Jeffries. He would be a good bargain at the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million considering his defensive presence last season. Jeffries drew a total of 26 fouls and 10 charges — both tops on the Knicks — and that was even while missing 27 regular-season games with right knee problems.