NBA free agency: Bulls still waiting on Camby, linked to Blair

Just pick Houston already - Elsa

The Bulls and Rockets may have jumped ahead of the Heat in the Marcus Camby race, while Chicago has reportedly been linked to DeJuan Blair. Gustavo Ayon could also be another option in the frontcourt for the Bulls if he clears waivers.

I figured Marcus Camby would have made a decision by now, but he's certainly taking his sweet time deciding on where he's going to ride the pine for next season. There were a few minor updates in the Camby sweepstakes on Friday, with Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida saying the Heat aren't pursuing Camby as hard as the Bulls and Rockets. That does make some sense as the Heat are still in the Greg Oden race, and if I'm taking a chance on an injury-prone big man, I'd certainly rather go with the younger, more talented Oden.

Camby would probably get more of an opportunity with the Bulls than the Rockets, unless of course Houston traded Omer Asik. But it looks like that's not going to happen just yet, so the only real reason for Camby to go there is because he has a house in the area (well, that certainly sounds familiar). And personally, I hope he takes the Hinrich route. Much to my chagrin, however, Chris Haynes at CSN Northwest reports that Camby met with the Bulls on Friday and talks went "extremely well."

A few other rumblings with links to the Bulls and also the Central Division:

- Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD says that DeJuan Blair has been linked to the Bulls. Blair is hoping for a multi-year deal or a sign-and-trade, but there's little reason for teams to engage in such talks. So Blair could probably be had at the minimum. The Pitt product has no knees, but he's still just 24 and has shown to be a rather productive player in the past. He's an excellent rebounder and decent scorer, but of course, he's a bit undersized as a center at 6-7 (he makes up for it a bit with his weight and 7-2 wingspan). Something that does concern me is that he has really struggled the past few years defending centers, according to 82games.com (19.4 Opp. PER last year, 18.8 in 2011-12 and 24.3 in 2010-11). That being said, I think I'd still rather have Blair than Camby.

- Another potential option who would be intriguing is Gustavo Ayon. The 28-year-old big man was recently waived by the frontcourt-laden Bucks (after they picked up his option for next year), and he could be a pretty decent option at the minimum if he clears waivers. Ayon has never been all that impressive in the NBA, but he did average 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 53.6 percent in 20.1 minutes per game his rookie season in New Orleans. Out of Camby, Blair and Ayon, the latter seems like the safest choice.

- Speaking of the Bucks, it appears that they're closing in on signing Gary Neal, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Milwaukee just lost one chucker in Monta Ellis, so it seems fitting that they'd be on the hunt for another one. At least Neal will cost much, much less.

- And finally, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pacers are close to acquiring Luis Scola for Gerald Green, a future No. 1 pick and other draft/cash considerations. That's a pretty shrewd move for the Pacers as they continue to revamp what was a horrific bench last season. Scola is getting up in there in age, but he still averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season. He's not a good defender, but overall, he's clearly better than the recently departed Tyler Hansbrough. With the additions of Scola, C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland along with a potentially healthy Danny Granger, the Pacers are looking pretty scary next year. But I'm sticking to my guns and saying the Bulls will still end up with a better regular season record.

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