The N.Y Knicks will acquire unrestricted free agent center Marcus Camby who helped them to playoff success more than 10 years ago in a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets, according to a source close to Camby.
Camby’s agreement will be for $13.2 million over 3 years. The Rockets will receive guard Toney Douglas, center Jerome Jordan, forward Josh Harrellson and 2nd-round picks in 2014 and 2015, according to a league source.
Wednesday is the 1st day teams can sign free agents or announce trades.
Camby appeared to be narrowing his decisions down to the Knicks, Miami Heat and Nets. But after he delayed a meeting with the Heat on Saturday because they used their midlevel exception on Ray Allen, the Knicks were in the lead. The Nets had only a conferencing call with Camby, while the Knicks had a face to face meeting with him in Houston on Sun., which a source near to the situation announced was “very confident.”
Camby was on the 1999 N.Y Knicks team that lost to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. He was a member of the last Knicks team to win a playoff series, in 2000. He’s back after spending the past 10 years with the Denver Nuggets, L.A Clippers, Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.
At 38 years in age, Camby doesn’t bring much in terms of fantasy value, but he does provide the Knicks with an interior defensive presence off the bench.
Now the New York Knicks will have possibly the best big man 1-2 punch with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler starting and Camby, who won the prize in 2007, backing him up.
Camby averaged 7.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 19 games last season for the Rockets, who landed the veteran center in a deadline trade with Portland. He becomes the 2nd nearly 40-something to join the Knicks this summertime, with Jason Kidd agreeing to go to New York last week.
Douglas played in 38 games last season, starting only 9, and averaged 6.2 points and 2.0 assists. The 6-10, 275-pound Harrelson was a 2nd-round pick by New Orleans in 2011 and was traded to the N.Y Knicks. He appeared in 37 games and averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. The 7-foot Jordan, a local of Jamaica, averaged 5 minutes in 21 games last season.
Douglas was the Knicks’ starter at point guard to begin the season but struggled coming off offseason shoulder surgery. He swiftly lost his beginning job and ultimately fell out of the rotation fully, even after injuries to Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis.
The Knicks and Rockets are also competing for Lin’s services. Houston, one of the most active teams in the offseason, got Lin to consent to a 4-year deal, but he is a constrained free agent, and the N.Y Knicks have 3 days after Wednesday to match the Rockets’ offer. NFL spreads
The pursuit of Lin emerged after unrestricted independent agent point guard Goran Dragic went to Phoenix. The Rockets instantly reached out to Lin and traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto.