---UPDATE: Monday, October 28 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Dan Favale---
The Rockets have officially announced that they have waived Marcus Camby and Reggie Williams.
The Rockets have officially waived Marcus Camby and Reggie Williams, according to a release from the team.— Hoops Rumors (@HoopsRumors) October 28, 2013
---End of update---
A source told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle that Houston will waive the veteran center, who hasn't been able to return from a torn plantar fascia. Fox 26's Mark Berman confirmed the news:
Rockets will waive center Marcus Camby on Monday, source said. Camby has been unable to come back so far from torn plantar fascia tissue.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 27, 2013
NBA sources confirm the Rockets will waive Marcus Camby on Monday.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 27, 2013
Per Berman, Camby is also expected to have surgery on his foot sometime next week:
Marcus Camby on being waived by Rockets Monday: "It's all about me getting healthy. Going to have surgery next week on my foot."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 27, 2013
Camby, 39, spent all of last season with the New York Knicks. He appeared in just 24 games, and posted averages of 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. Houston picked him up in late July after his previous contract was bought out by the Toronto Raptors, who acquired him in the trade that sent Andrea Bargnani to the Big Apple.
Injuries have plagued the big man his entire career. In eight of his 17 seasons, he's played in fewer than 60 games. Last year's 24 set a new career low.
Pushing 40, Camby still has no intention of retiring. Once he's healthy, he expects to play in the NBA again:
Marcus Camby on being waived Mon.by Rockets:"I understand the situation.They need healthy guys.Once I get healthy u can expect 2 C me again"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 27, 2013
In fact, Camby's agent told Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling his client anticipates playing this season:
Agent: Camby having surgery & will rehab & return in 2-3 months. "Will undoubtedly play again this season, w/ Houston or another contender."— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) October 27, 2013
Until then, he will continue to hang around the Rockets, who he says he stills holds a great amount of respect for:
Marcus Camby on being waived:"You'll still C me around the organization. I have a great deal of respect for the organization & Coach McHale"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 27, 2013
It was the Rockets who traded Camby to New York after he spent part of 2011-12 with them. Through 19 games, he notched 7.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 24.1 minutes of action.
Losing Camby will be tough on a Houston squad that isn't deep up front to begin with. The Rockets have two other centers on the roster in Dwight Howard and Omer Asik, but the plan is to start both. Now without a true backup center, coach Kevin McHale may be forced to stagger their minutes more than he originally planned.
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Future trades must be kept in mind as well. If Asik and Howard aren't able to coexist within the same rotation, the Rockets could be forced to put the former on the block, at which point they would need to receive at least one additional big man in return.
For now, some combination of Asik and Howard will have to do. Look for Greg Smith to factor into the rotation up front as well.
Long term, however, the Rockets may find themselves in a predicament if the Asik and Howard coupling doesn't generate the desired results.