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Report: Knicks reach deal to get Marcus Camby from Houston

Jul 9, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

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It may not end up being the biggest trade to go down in New York in the next 24 hours, but this is still a good signing for the Knicks.

Marcus Camby is back with the Knicks.

New York has reached a deal with Houston to bring in Marcus Camby as part of a sign-and-trade deal reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

The Rockets get Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and second round picks in 2014 and 2015 Woj reports. As for Camby’s deal:

Camby has agreed to a three year, $13.2 million deal with the Knicks, source tells Y! The final year includes a partial guarantee.

Camby will be 40 when this contract expires, if he plays it out. He will be the backup to Tyson Chandler and provide real depth up front. Camby played before with the Knicks from 1998 through 2002.

Camby still contributes at 37 — he is a good shot blocker and big who can defensively control the paint. On the other end he has a great midrange shot, he is still very good on the pick-and-pop and can score around the basket. He had a PER of 16.2 last season, above the league average.

  1. dylude - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    The Heat weren’t willing to give up Cole or a future first so Morey took on 2 non-guaranteed contracts and a free Douglas who NY is paying for plus 2 future inevitable Euro-league stash 2nd round picks.

    Daryl Morey does it again. All for a player who was rented as an unrestricted FA.

    If the Rockets got a healthy superstar, that’s all Morey would need to build a contender.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      you say that like getting a healthy superstar is easy! But yes, they have some solid pieces.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Wouldn’t play for 1/3 of of what he’ll make in NY, paying 3x what he’ll pay to live in Miami. Shows he doesn’t have what it takes. He’s not willing to a small small sacrifice in dollars, you can bet he won’t be willing to pay the price when it really really matters next June.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM


    • cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:26 AM

      Another quality free agent decides not to go to your Heat.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      been there, done that. Nicks are still in the basement.

      • rtfinch - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:55 AM

        yet they still have fans. where are your heat fans when they were in the basement?

  3. eflem80 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Lol @ the salty “heat fans” (if there really is such a thing) who all of a sudden thinks Camby is a bum.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Not a bum. Just clearly cares more about the name on the back of the jersey than the name on the from of the jersey. If you’re good, (and 6’11) you can play along time in the NBA caring about yourself first. Just can’t play for some teams, not just the Heat.

      • cosanostra71 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        He doesn’t care about the name on the front of the jersey? He has played for the Knicks in the past before they dumped him… clearly he does care about the name on the front of the jersey, or else he would have eliminated them from consideration.

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:55 AM

        get over youself. You act like not going to the Heat means he doesn’t care about winning.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:29 AM

        All you sad Heat fans actually thought teams would be interested in Joel Anthony or Norris “I had 2 good games” Cole? Clueless!!!

      • andyhr17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:40 AM

        Yes, because the Heat are loaded with players who only care about the name on the front of the jersey and not about individual attention. Are you freaking kidding me?

  4. floridascuba1 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Small ball is the future. Miami laid forth the blue print. Knicks won’t go anywhere until they get rid of iso Melo

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:30 AM

      Small ball only works in a lockout shortened season.

      • rhetoric1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        Do they play less playoff games in a lockout shortened season?

  5. cidminion - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Though i would’ve loved to have him come to Miami we couldn’t offer what he wanted. Good Luck to him but the Knicks still dont got a shot in the Playoffs.

  6. dylude - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    It it were easy the Rockets wouldn’t have had back to back to back 14th draft picks.

  7. tigers182 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Sources are saying Charlie Ward is close to signing with the Knicks.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      John Starks & Anthony Mason were reportedly seen at the Knicks practice facility in Greenburgh as told to Chris Broussard by sources close to the team

  8. knightrider1755 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Another recycled Knick? Who’s next Latrell Sprewell?

    • brooklynotto - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      who are the other “recycled Knick” players?

      • knightrider1755 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        Does the name Jared Jeffries ring a bell?

      • knightrider1755 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        This past season the Knicks had two prior Knicks on their roster. One was Jared Jeffries who was with the Knicks from 2006-2010 until he was traded to Houston in the deal for Tracy McGrady. He returned to the Knicks in 2011. The Knicks also had Renaldo Balkman who they drafted in the first round in 2006. Balkman was with the team from 2006-2008 and was eventually traded to Denver in 2008 for Bobby Jones and Taurean Green. He returned to the Knicks in 2011 and was let go at the end of season when the Knicks decided to bring Dan Gadzuric aboard.

      • brooklynotto - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        thanks for the detailed examples. for some reason when you mentioned Spree, I assumed you were talking about recycled Knick players from the late 90’s early 00’s.

  9. thetooloftools - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Canby needs to come back as a leader and not a stoner.

  10. jbk1234 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Here is a question for everyone – if you are the Heat would you rather have Ray Allen or Camby? I think an argument could be made that they would have been better off spending the money on Camby.

    • duane888 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM


      Here’s why: Boston is the only team in the East that gives Miami headaches. Taking Ray Allen away will make Doc Rivers real nervous bcuz Ray has intimate knowledge of their offensive schemes.

      Contrary to what some may think, Ray Allen’s 3 pointers did the most damage against Miami, not Rondo. The playoffs was not indicative bcuz he was playing hurt.

  11. sdelmonte - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Seems like a lot to give up for someone that old. The Knicks are clearly going all out to win now. And I don’t see it working.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      That rich Russian, Prokhorov, has sent Dolan into panic mode forcing him to pay for anything and anybody to counter the NETS. However, once the NETS get Howard the race is over. Just think, if the Nets hadn’t come to Brooklyn, Dolan would have been content with sitting on his laurels and letting the team continue to be mediocre.

      • duane888 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        Definately put the pressure on the Knicks!

        Geographically, the Nets should draw fans from BK, Queens & SI. The Knicks should draw from Manhattan, BX and Jersey.

        Moving the Nets to Brooklyn was an act of pure genius, and t’s actually easier to get to Downtown Brooklyn from Lower Manhattan than to get up to MSG.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Man, I didn’t think it was possible, but the Heat fans are just as pretentious as the Lakers fans. Congrats. I don’t hate the teams. It’s the know nothing loud mouth fans I loathe. 1972, you’re the worst offender of the bunch.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      That’s not nice. Been very fair and shown a ton of respect to the teams that deserve it. The Celtics and Thunder most of all. Camby just doesn’t impress me as a guy who fits in with the overall attitude and culture of the Heat right now.

      When you are more concerned with a net gain of $300K-$400K over the course of a year (after already earning over $100mil over the last 18 or so) then playing what any objective observer has to realize is a special group of players, coaches and management; it tells you something about the guy.

      What the Heat learned is that tow in the championship…not just be good, but to beat the best teams in the league 4 out of 7, 4 times; you have to play like your freaking life depends on it. You have to be willing to sacriifice everything. If Camby can’t sacrifice the equivalent of about $20K bucks to me and you,then what’s going to happen next June, when he’s hurting, when the pressure’s on, when there’s a beast across from him banging on him relentlessly. How’s he going to react.? My guess is he’s going to take the easy way out. MIght be wrong. But that’s what I think.

      • passerby23 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

        I think you’re missing the fact that this was a sign-and-trade, not a free agent signing AND Houston didn’t really like what Miami had to offer. That’s Camby’s fault?

        Agent: “Hey Marcus, how would you like to return to New York, a place where you enjoyed playing before, for 3 years/$13.2 million, where you will be a solid contributor off the bench?”

        Camby: “No, I’m holding out for the Heat even though they can’t offer anything in the way of a trade, which the deal is contingent on. I’m going to force Houston’s hand to make this happen. Oh, and I will have less money when it happens.”

        Really? You’re blaming Camby? It’s a great sign-and-trade by the Knicks.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:34 AM

        We’re talking about the same Camby you said the Heat should trade Joel Anthony & a FIRST ROUND PICK for 2 days ago, right? All of the sudden you don’t want him?

      • andyhr17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:43 AM

        Kind of like how Ray Allen is old and needs to retire….wait a minute. He signed with the Heat? He’s going to be hitting wide open three’s and we built a dynasty!!!

        Also funny how if someone doesn’t sign with the Heat and chooses to go elsewhere then they don’t care about winning. Obviously the only team that has a chance to win in the next 5 years is the Heat. ALL players should be trying to go there!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:49 AM

        I didn’t say the Heat SHOULD trade Anthony and a 1st for Camby. That’s just what the Rockets would want if they were going to take over Anthony’s contract. And I was probably right.

        Whatever, CB13. You know you should change your name here to 1973wasalongtimeago.

  13. itsthemelman82 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Well, that was a steal. None of the those guys get any mins in NY. The Knicks might just find themselves in second round which for them is an accomplishment.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:17 AM

      No way! One and done.

  14. dysraw1 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Old Marcus hes not a bad pickup we needed to get bigger to have someone who can clean up defensive mistakes is good we still need a two who can stretch the defense out

  15. dgbk - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    some heat fans look like babies now he dont care about winning because he didnt pick us wahhhh wahhh. Who say the knicks arent capable of putting it together and winning I doubt it but it’s not a slam dunk we will see heat vs thunder again. and lol @ small ball is the future wooooooah no one ever thought of that oh wait phx 7 seconds or less smh.. Small ball is not the future of anything Lebron being on the heat will always give them a shot that is all. There is no strategy in playing Lebron 46 mins a game at several positions. I can come up with that plan

    • badintent - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      we Knicks fan are happy the Heat won over both Boston sore losers and the scam artist that stole the Sonics from Seattle. However, Heat Fans, please do not pretend to act like Dan Gilbert and his pet Cav fans, still crying or cutting their wrists. As for the Fakers fans, hope you can take one from the Clippers this year.Knicks will shut out the Nets this year.

      • knightrider1755 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:23 AM

        The Knicks will be crushed by the NETS. Hands down.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        None of us are crying over the Heat not trading what it would have taken to get Marcus Camby. Camby didn’t pick the Knicks. The Knicks offered Houston more than Miami would offer for him. HUGE difference.

        If Camby took the minimum to be in Miami, I would have called it a great signing. I would have considered Camby to be the type of guy who was willing to scarifice for the greater good. But he wanted a slightly bigger check, and the Knicks were willing to give up more assets then the Heat in order to pay him what he wants to be paid.

        I have nothing more to say on this matter. It’s meaningless.

  16. flyrocket31 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Rockets get more bigs!!……… Greatttttttttttt.. :/

  17. censoredpost - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Melo is pleased with the trade. He knows Camby will bring it (off the bench) and not take any shots.

  18. stayhigh_247 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    The Knickerbockers are looking official right now! They will be better than most people think. Depending on what happens in Chicago, they could be the 2 or 3 seed. + they will have Shump back and if they keep mini Tupac JR Smith, they will be solid. They defensive end just got way better and Melo’s deficiencies wont show as much if they play team D. I’m not even a Knick fan, but I cant wait to see if they can make a run.

    • passerby23 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Still going to be tough for NY, but solid pickup here. Shumpert won’t be back until January, there are still issues to be sorted out at point. What impact will Lin have? Can he and Melo co-exist effectively? How much does Kidd have left?

      Can Melo and Stoudemire play well together? Will JR Smith re-sign?

      Lin, Kidd, Shumpert, Melo, Stoudemire, Chandler, Camby, Novak is a pretty good nucleus. The biggest issue is more shooting and chemistry for the Knicks.

      Celtics have gotten better, Heat have gotten better, and Nets (if they get Howard) will be better. Then, there’s the Pacers. I don’t think the Knicks are in the upper echelon of teams in the East.

  19. eflem80 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I really don’t get all the “another former knick” jokes….other than Camby, who else did they sign that played for them before????

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:42 AM

      They are just bitter Heat fans because another good free agent turned them down. The only free agents that have come here & taken less money to be with “the big three” are: Eddie Curry, Juwan Howard, Mike Bibby, Carlos Arroylo, Eric Dampier, Eddie House, Zydrunis Ilgauskis, Jamaal Maglore, Jerry Stackhouse, Shane Battier & 90 year old Ray Allen. Of that amazing list of talent the only player worth anything is maybe Battier.

      • deeballer - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        Things change after a championship. Before winning the ring it was a little harder to offer a discounted contract without proof that it can work. Now that the formula works it’s a lot easier to offer a take it or leave it deal. Of course it would be hard to talk reason to you since you obviously hate the Heat with a passion of 10000 burning suns.

  20. newyorkfootballjets - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    I think they meant a relevant recycled knick those 2 dont count. And lol at the mini tupac jr smith comment

  21. millytone0621 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Knicks just resigned JR Smith! Leggo NYK!

  22. KOBEshigawa - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Look, Marcus Camby isn’t going to completely change the face of a team like Tyson Chandler did (…for Dallas. Not the Knicks. Yet). However, this is another move that really is speaking towards the defensive direction that the team wants to go in. He’s not a scorer, but with this Knicks team, he won’t have to be; that’s what Novak, JR Smith, Lin, STAT and Melo are there for. He was brought in to rebound, block shots and defend, and along with Chandler and an eventually returning Shump, define the defensive ID of the team. Camby’s impact isn’t so much the story here, as much as that his acquisition really speaks to how much this team values D now.

  23. 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Daaaayum! No lie, the Knicks are looking proper right about now.

    PG- Jeremy Lin Jason Kidd
    SG- Iman Shumpert J.R. Smith
    SF- Carmelo Anthony Steve Novak
    PF- Amare Stoudemire
    C- Tyson Chandler Marcus Camby

    Not only is that a playoff team, that’s getting out of the 1st round. I wasn’t very high on the Knicks last season, but if everyone comes back healthy, and that’s a colossial IF considering the extreme fragility of all but 3 of those guys, they could make it all the way to the ECF (I think they’ll get ousted in an epic 2nd round brawl though, thus far. Still gotta see how the rest of the offseason pans out).

    • andyhr17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:45 AM

      Yes, because when a team looks good on paper, just go ahead and hand them the title. You’re really getting super psyched about Jeremy “I’ve had a good quarter season” Lin and Iman Shumpert in your backcourt? CHAMPIONSHIP!

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:21 AM

      Because the Knicks bring on a 38 year-old player and a nearly 40 year-old this automatically puts them in contention for a championship? Stop spiking your kool-aid, it’s making you hallucinate. Knicks will go out in the first round, as usual.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        Camby…maybe the best back-up center in the league? i think so…
        good analysis malt. yeah…i completely agree, they will give a top tier team a tough time in the 2nd rd.
        @andy and knight, its what we do right now in July…we look at the teams on paper because its all we can do. I think the Knicks roster is getter better and better. quite a difference from 2 years ago. sometimes its great getting high IQ veterans on the roster. youre right about Lin…who knows…but they have to take the gamble just for the sake of how much revenue he will bring in himself.
        BTW…pretty sure my homeboy malt is a Laker fan…just giving the Knicks some props. its all good and i respect that…unlike guys (whose names i wont mention) who bash every single team regardless of what the teams do. thats pathetic.

      • deeballer - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        Wow, that roster is making Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett, and Lebron James shake with fear.

      • deeballer - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        Sorry, that reply was meant for the one above yours.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Alright my friend, I’ll remember you said that and your handle. We’ll see who gets the last laugh come playoff time and who was really hallucinating. Bet that.

    • duane888 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      This lineup does look good on paper, but Boston and Brooklyn will be your true testing ground. If you can get past them and Indiana, then maybe, you may enter the conversation with the elites in the East.

  24. davali20012002 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Camby is a washed up never was who signs contracts and then spends most of the season on the bench with injuries. He was dishonest in college and continues the scam. I can’t believe the Knicks are THAT stupid – oh wait, didn’t they give Isaiah Thomas free rein with their team? Yes, the Knicks can be THAT stupid. GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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