Knicks Rumors: New York Isn't the Best Fit for Veteran Center Marcus Camby

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2012

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Marcus Camby will reportedly meet with the New York Knicks as the veteran center explores his options on the free-agent market, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York.

Confirmed: Marcus Camby is meeting w/ #Heat & then #Knicks. Could come down to role: He'd likely start in Miami; not in NY. Story to come.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 6, 2012

The Heat could likely give Camby a starting role on what is arguably the best team in the NBA. For someone who has never won a championship and is 38 years old, that would be a fantastic opportunity.

New York currently has defensive player of the year Tyson Chandler at center, and it's unlikely that Camby would play much in the fourth quarter if Chandler is healthy and not in foul trouble. Chandler has more size than Camby, is more athletic and brings championship experience.

Camby is still an impressive rebounder and shot-blocker. He only averaged 4.9 points per game last season, but he also averaged nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22 minutes of playing time per game. Those are strong numbers for a veteran only playing a little bit over 20 minutes per night.

If Camby is willing to sign for the veterans minimum of $1.4 million, then the Knicks would be adding a player who can bring their frontcourt some needed depth.

Although, at 38 years old, Camby won't have too many more chances to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Unfortunately for the Knicks, they won't be legitimate NBA Finals contenders next season.

While it's unlikely Camby would choose the Knicks over other top contenders, you have to applaud the New York for being interested in a player that is strong defensively and hungry for a championship. That type of player is what the Knicks need in order to start winning in the playoffs.