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Marcus Camby signs deal with Portland. What now, Knicks?

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UPDATE 3:20 PM: It’s official, Camby will remain a Blazer. Jason Quick has confirmed it both with Camby’s agent and GM Kevin Pritchard.

That little squeal of joy you just heard came from Henry Abbott.

1:27 pm: Apparently Marcus Camby likes the eco-friendly life in Portland. That or he likes playing on an up-and-coming team and not the Clippers or Knicks.

Camby is very close to signing a deal to stay on in Portland, according to Yahoo’s Mark Spears and his fun little twitter account. Two years, $21 million with another $5 million in “unlikely bonuses” (which don’t count against the cap). Spears adds this is the second deal between the teams, the NBA league office shot the first one down.

Locking Camby up is a smart move by Portland, he is a big part of what they are doing and their success late this season, they can’t count on Greg Oden next year, and there would be a lot of interest in him out on the free agent market.

Like from the New York Knicks, who rightfully saw Camby as a good fit with the D’Antoni system. So now what? The Daily News has an idea, and Knicks fans are not going t like it.

If Marcus Camby is indeed off the free-agent market, the center-less Knicks may be desperate enough to investigate Bulls 7-foot backup center Brad Miller come July, according to a league source.

Though he just turned 34, Miller still has something left in the tank -- he is a serviceable, decent-shooting big-man that coach Mike D’Antoni could use for his offense. Team president Donnie Walsh craves a center to give the Knicks the sizeable defensive interior presence they lack.

The Knicks realize they need to get a real center because David Lee is a power forward (that is, if they even bring him back). Miller would bring a center who can hit the midrange jumper. He’s a solid pro, but he’s not athletic, doesn’t get up and down the court and his not the defensive intimidator that the Knicks need in the middle. But, beggars can’t be choosers, as my mom used to say.