After a decade-long absence, Marcus Camby is returning to Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks and the Houston Rockets have agreed on a sign-and-trade to send Camby back east:
Marcus Camby has reached agreement on a deal with the Knicks, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2012
The Knicks are shipping Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, their second-round picks in 2014/2015 and cash to the Houston Rockets, according to Wojnarowski reports.
Camby will be paid $13.2 million over the next three years with the final season being a partial guarantee.
The Rockets are clearly not giving up on acquiring Dwight Howard and have now stock-piled even more assets to entice the Orlando Magic. Is this a pipe dream? That remains to be seen, but there is no question Rockets GM Daryl Morey is willing to take some major risks in order to land his man.
From the Knicks' perspective with this recent trade, they have found more depth at center, which should ease the pressure off Tyson Chandler. Playing those two together will make New York one of the best defensive teams in the post. Considering how awful their perimeter defenders can be, it’s certainly a logical move.
Two downsides in sports these days seem to be the countless snarky comments on Twitter after a major transaction, and jokes about the free-spending ways of the Knicks. Today was just the latest example.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wonders if the Knicks are looking to bring back another old star from the infamous ’99 team:
Marcus Camby is coming back to the Knicks as reported by @WojYahooNBA. No word on whether Latrell Sprewell wants to make a comeback— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 9, 2012
The Daily’s Dan Wolken reminds us that this wasn’t the first deal New York pulled off on the day:
The Knicks have shelled out $28 million to Marcus Camby and Steve Novak today. Let that marinate.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 9, 2012
Camby has made a ton of money in his 16-year career. How much? Fox Sports radio host Peter Burns provides the gory details:
The #Knicks $13,200,000 deal for Marcus Camby brings his career earnings to $132,000,000. $42m more than Michael Jordan.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) July 9, 2012
Thus far free agency has been all about the old guys getting one last deal—more specifically, for three years, as Michael Lee of the Washington Post tweets:
Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett will be a combined 188 years old on opening night. They all got 3-year deals— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) July 9, 2012
Trade Grade for Houston: Incomplete
None of the players they acquired are overflowing with talent, and it’s unlikely they get much value from the newly-acquired second-round picks.
If they are able to use the newly-acquired assets to land Dwight Howard, this turns into an “A” grade.
If they are left in the cold without Howard, and Toney Douglas fails to take his game to the next level, I’d give them a “C," if only because they have no use for Camby at this current juncture and landing something for him was a smart move.
What Grade Does New York Deserve For the Camby Trade?
Trade Grade For New York: C
The Knicks gave up more than they needed to in order to land a limited 38-year-old, but there is no question they had to get more depth in the front court.
Camby is coming off a year in which he averaged 4.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in roughly 23 minutes a night for the Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. He can give the Knicks solid production next season…but what about in 2014-2015?
Giving up Douglas in this deal is what really hurts. The rest of the players getting sent to Houston will never play meaningful minutes. Douglas has the potential to.
With Jason Kidd recently signed, the Knicks are certainly getting older in a hurry.