Houston Rockets Sign Marcus Camby as Backup Center, Towel-Waving Veteran
After Marcus Camby was traded to the Toronto Raptors, he made it clear that he wanted out of his deal and wanted to spend the last of his years in the NBA playing for a contender and trying to capture a ring. The Raptors gave him his wish, buying out his contract, and thus began Camby’s search for a title-contender to sign with.
That search ended on Sunday when Camby agreed to a deal with the winners of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, the Houston Rockets. Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears reported the news and recent reports say that the deal is for one year and is worth around $1.4 million.
Camby was with the Rockets at the end of the 2011-2012 season and averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 19 games. Last season for the New York Knicks, though, Camby appeared in just 24 games and averaged only 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 10.4 minutes per game while shooting just 32.1 percent from the floor.
The 39-year-old Camby’s days as an effective NBA center are pretty much over and the Rockets undoubtedly know that. At best, Camby will be Howard’s backup center in the upcoming season and that’s only if the Rockets choose to deal their starting center from last year, Omer Asik.
As their roster sits now, though, Camby is the third center on their roster and is likely going to spend the majority of his time providing a veteran voice to the team and, as all good, old, veteran bench-warmers do, waving a towel on the sidelines.