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Marcus Camby returning to Knicks

Jun 14, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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The Knicks drew mocking for having four players who were at least 38 years old before the season began. New York hasn’t exactly set itself up to be a young team next year, but the antiques are mostly gone.

Kurt Thomas was waived. Rasheed Wallace retired. Jason Kidd is coaching the Nets.

But Marcus Camby is clinging to his NBA career.

Jared Zwerling of ESPN:

Camby’s agent Richard Kaplan told on Thursday that the 17-year-veteran is committed to returning next season to be the backup center.

“The game plan is still the same,” Kaplan said. “There’s no reason to believe he won’t be back and won’t take on a greater role next season.”

No reason to believe Camby won’t take a greater role next season? Well, he’s 39 years old, and players that age rarely get more pushed onto their plate.

Here’s the kicker: Camby is under contract for not only next season, but, even though the final year is only partially guaranteed, 2014-15 as well.

  1. alildusty - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    he’s nothing but a bench cheerleader making 7 figures on the league minimum. living the good life.

    • money2long - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      the title clearly isn’t finished. it should read:

      Marcus Camby returning to Knicks’ bench..or Trainer’s Office. Possibly Germany for Surgery at some point during 2013-2014 Season

  2. jzone954 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Im sure canton bound is thrilled…..

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      I give you credit, that was funny.

  3. jzone954 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    lol it’s all in good fun my friend.

  4. anhdazman - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    At his age and his salary, you’d be better off taking a chance on a younger player to keep the salary cap low and possibly finding a diamond in the rough.
    Camby’s 4+ million a year on the bench is a waste of space in both sense. (Bench and cap)

    • casualcommenter - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      They don’t have a choice. They signed him a 3-year deal with the first 2 years fully guaranteed.

      The only ways for the Knicks to get rid of Camby were to hope he retires (he just said he won’t) or to trade him away (he’s coming off an injury-plagued year and is both old and overpaid, so he’s untradeable unless the Knicks package a pick and or player with him, which weakens the Knicks’ long term future).

      So the Knicks are stuck with Camby – a player their coach refuses to play even when he’s healhty – for at least one more year.

  5. badintent - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Camby=John Salley in his last three years.

  6. watermelon1 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    I think Camby’s injury history would be a good reason to believe he won’t be taking on a greater role…

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