Camby is a player with options

LOS ANGELES -- As he approaches the end of the regular season, and the end of his contract, Marcus Camby is a man with options and suitors. A lot of them.

"It feels good to be wanted," Camby said Wednesday before his first game against the Clippers since being traded Feb. 17.

"Seems like every arena I go in, people are talking about what I'm going to do on July 1. I know a lot of that talk has been coming out of the New York papers and from their writers.

"I would love to finish my career in Portland. The city has been great to me, the organization has been great to me. My teammates are good. I know why I was brought there, because of the injuries to the other bigs, [Greg] Oden and [Joel] Przybilla, so I have to factor that into my decision. But it's nice to have options."

As for a return to the Clippers, who also seem very open to such a reunion, Camby wasn't ruling anything out.

"I'm not burning any bridges. My time here was great. I thought Mike [Dunleavy] and Neil [Olshey] and those guys were great to me during my year and a half here, and I definitely wish them well," Camby said of the team's former coach/general manager, and the current GM. "Come July 1 we'll see how it plays out."

Camby was decidedly more effusive about his time in New York, where he helped the Knicks make the 1999 NBA Finals after being traded from Toronto for Charles Oakley.

"I think I was more frustrated the first time [I was traded] than I was when I got traded from Denver, because I'd never been traded before," Camby said when asked to compare the four trades in his 14-year NBA career.

"But when I looked at the situation, going from Toronto to New York, it was like a no-brainer. Being in the mecca of basketball, being in a historic franchise like the Knicks, playing in a historic building like the Garden every single night, you can't ask for much more than that.''