Houston Rockets: Why Marcus Camby May Have a Future in Houston

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IJune 4, 2012

Marcus Camby.
Marcus Camby.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Houston Rockets finished the 2011-12 NBA season narrowly missing the postseason despite making a serious run late in the season. The Rockets finished the season with a 34-32 record under first-year head coach Kevin McHale.

Although the Rockets showed that they are a guard-oriented team, the acquisition of veteran center Marcus Camby at the trade deadline was yet another example of an underrated move by Daryl Morey.

Camby, who finished his 16th NBA season, has managed to sustain a long NBA career despite dealing with numerous injuries along the way. He played hurt for the Rockets (torn tendon in wrist) but filled a major need in Houston with his presence alone.

The Rockets were able to sign veteran Samuel Dalembert before the season but needed more depth in the frontcourt as the season went along.

Not only was Morey able to turn two young players (that were not a part of the regular rotation) in Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet into a much-needed veteran presence in the painted area, he was able to bring in a player that he could potentially re-sign to a shorter contract come free agency.

Camby will be an unrestricted free agent starting July 1 and the Rockets should look to bring him back as he would be a great piece to have either as a starter or off the bench. Camby’s veteran leadership on the floor and in the locker room can only help the Rockets come together and become a better overall team at the end of the day.

It is still unclear what candidates Morey plans on pursuing either near the draft or in free agency. Two names that may be worth considering are veteran Chris Kaman of the New Orleans Hornets and Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers, both of whom are unrestricted free agents.