Report: Marcus Camby Returning to Knicks
After agreeing with forward Steve Novak on a four-year deal earlier in the day, the Knicks have added another important piece to their bench. As Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the Knicks and Houston Rockets have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal for center Marcus Camby, who will ink a three-year $13.2 million deal to return to the Big Apple.
Combo guard Toney Douglas—who will be paid by the Knicks in 2012-2013—will be going to the Rockets along with power forward Josh Harrellson, center Jerome Jordan and second-round picks in 2014 and 2015.
Obviously the deal can’t officially be triggered until Wednesday, when the free agent moratorium comes to an end.
The Knicks were competing with the Miami HEAT and Brooklyn Nets for Camby’s services and appear to have locked in a solid backup for reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. And while Camby is 38, he did play 22.9 mpg last season averaging 9.0 rebounds, 4.9 points and 1.4 blocks in 59 games last season.
Camby was an integral component of the Knicks from 1998-1999 until 2001-2002, particularly during the team’s march to the 1999 NBA Finals.
Now with Novak, Camby and Jason Kidd slated to headline the bench next season, coach Mike Woodson should enjoy one of the deepest rosters in the league.
Houston, meanwhile, received two second-round picks to throw into their repeated attempts to pry center Dwight Howard away from the Orlando Magic.