Marcus Camby was brought in by New York to be a veteran presence off the bench and provide quality reserve minutes behind Tyson Chandler, but his injury troubles as well as the Knicks' deep frontcourt have kept him from playing major minutes and that will very likely be the case going forward this season.
Appearing in just three contests, Camby has averaged 0.7 points and 2.7 boards in just 8.3 minutes of playing time per game.
The team is obviously easing him back into shape and hoping he will be a contributor come February or March, but the reality is that there are other, size-strapped teams that would likely be willing to take a gamble on an aging, but proven center like Camby.
Given that he is 38 years old, the Knicks' decision to tender Camby a three-year contract offer always seemed questionable and that suspicion has only grown since he has struggled so mightily to see the floor.
The reality is, because of what he does for the team defensively and on the glass, Tyson Chandler will not see his minutes reduced by anything bit injury or foul trouble, so there are simply not many minutes available for Camby to begin with, and there will be even less one Stoudemire, who can log time at center, returns from his knee troubles.
In addition, the thoroughly unexpected success of Rasheed Wallace off the bench means there are even less minutes to go around in the frontcourt, as Camby simply cannot produce offensively like Wallace with his shooting ability and touch around the basket.
Throughout his career, Camby has been a non-entity as a scorer, but he remains a rugged rebounder, a gifted shot-blocker and an extremely talented passing big men.
These skills have diminished as he has lost some of his quickness and athleticism, but Camby played well in 2011-2012 with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.
Though his deal, which runs through the 2014-15 season, may be a little hard to stomach for some teams, there may be some willing to take the risk because of Camby's size and defensive impact, even if he will be 40 when the contract expires.
New York will not have use for him in the near future, and due to their murky cap situation, the club may put the former Defensive Player of the Year on the trading block sooner rather than later while they still may be able to get something worthwhile for him.