Clippers center Marcus Camby gets set to attack the defense of Pacers forward… (Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire )
Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy declined to confirm Saturday a recent report that said various NBA teams have made trade offers for starting forward Marcus Camby.
In the last year of a contract worth $9.1 million, Camby goes into tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs ranked fifth in the league in blocks (2.1 per game) and sixth in rebounding (11.0 per game).
"Marcus has been great," Dunleavy said. "We have a lot of guys that have a lot of interest from a lot of people."
As for the rest of the Clippers' roster, Dunleavy said the team has no immediate needs beyond forward Blake Griffin fully recovering from a stress fracture in his left knee that has kept him out for all 21 games.
Camby avoided interviews after Saturday's practice but said earlier in the week that extra stretching, conditioning and effort have helped him average double digits in rebounds for the last seven seasons.
"We have a lot of guys capable of scoring," said Camby, who averages 8.4 points per game. "We need guys who go out there and do the little things to balance out our team. That's what I try to focus on."
After the Clippers' film session and walk-through Saturday, Dunleavy said he instructed starting point guard Baron Davis, who had an upset stomach despite taking antibiotics, to sit out the rest of practice.
Asked whether Davis would play against San Antonio, Dunleavy said, "I think so."
Dunleavy declined to share any contingency plans in case Davis' illness results in his sitting out or at least having decreased minutes.
"It depends on how he feels and if he feels like he has enough energy to play," Dunleavy said of Davis, who is third on the team in scoring with an average of 16 points per game. "A lot of times, guys who don't feel well play a great game."
Though Dunleavy sees tremendous upside in DeAndre Jordan's athleticism, Dunleavy says the backup center's playing time will remain at the current average of 9.3 minutes per game until he improves defensively.
Jordan, who averages only 2.4 rebounds and 0.29 blocks per game in his second year in the league, said he agreed with Dunleavy's evaluation.
"I want to block more shots, get more rebounds and create more opportunities for us on the offensive end," Jordan said. "I'm obviously young and it's going to take time for me to play. But I think I can play right away if I just keep doing what I'm doing and keep working in helping us get extra possessions."