Camby Comes Home
The New York Knicks just received Marcus Camby from the Rockets in a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, and the Knicks’ second round picks in 2014 and 2015. Camby will get a $13.2 Million contract.
Camby is originally a native of Connecticut and played for the Knicks from 1998–2002. He also played with the Denver Nuggets as a teammate of Carmelo Anthony, who reportedly has been pulling for Camby to come here recently.
Playing only 24 minutes per game last season, Camby, at 38, still averaged 9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. A defensive specialist, he immediately makes the Knicks bench a formidable one, with Jason Kidd, Steve Novak and either J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert leading the way.
Though not everyone is a fan of the new Novak deal. Eric Freeman of Ball Don’t Lie thinks the Knicks might be overreacting to a few good months from Novak, saying “It’s entirely possible that Novak’s few months of hot shooting were a mirage.”
The Camby deal makes for strange bedfellows as the Knicks help themselves to possibly throw a wrench into the Brooklyn Nets plan to land Dwight Howard, because Houston received two second-round picks to throw into their repeated attempts to pry center Dwight Howard away from the Orlando Magic.
Not that second round picks are going to mean much, but it’s just a little something more they can offer. Think the Knicks would do anything they can to stop the Nets from getting Howard?
Speaking of which, Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors gives a nice overview of Orlando in a possible 4 way deal between the Nets, Cavaliers and Clippers that would eventually send Howard to the Nets.
Can the Knicks foil the plans of their closest rivals? Lots of cloak-and-dagger stuff going on here. It’s getting interesting.