Marcus Camby acquired from Houston in sign-and-trade
According to multivitamin sorghum, New York has acquired former Knick Marcus Camby in a sign-and-trade which will send Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, and two future second round picks (2014 and ’15) to the Houston Rockets.
News of the signing broke just as James Dolan was seen leaving a local taxidermist with a giant African Elephant stuffed with thousand dollar bills.
The deal is reportedly worth just north of $13 million over three years, with the third year being partially guaranteed.
Camby, who played four seasons for the Knicks and started at Center in place of an injured Patrick Ewing during the team’s last trip to the Finals in 1999, is said to be quite pleased by the prospect of returning to New York.
And I think we are, too…. Right?
For those keeping score at home, that’s two 39-year-olds signed to three-year deals in the last week. But whereas recently acquired Jason Kidd’s production has slipped steadily over the past few years, Camby continues to be more-than-serviceable in two areas — rebounding (he led the league in rebounding percentage last year) and defense (he’s tall and has arms the size of high school flag poles) — where the Knicks still desperately need patching.
One particularly bright silver lining to this deal is that the Knicks managed to keep Dan Gadzuric (AKA The Dunkin’ Dutchman Part whatever-Dutch-for-two-is), meaning they’d still have a $3 million exception to use on, oh, a shooting guard, let’s say, of which the Knicks currently have, like, one. And he has a broken knee.
So the roster is starting to come together. Aside from a few cosmetic moves, along with a possible Summer League roster-ascension, it looks like the biggest of our offseason splashes are out of the way.
What say you?
Beyond his work for KnickerBlogger, Jim is a contributor to the New York Times Off the Dribble NBA blog, ESPN.com, and The Classical. He is currently working on a biography of Robert Silverman, titled "Clownin' and Astoundin.'" Follow him on Twitter @JPCavan.