As expected, Marcus Camby will return to New York to play for the Knicks. New York and Houston have agreed upon a trade which will send the 38-year old Camby to Madison Square Garden in exchange for Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, and second round picks in 2014 and 2015.
Camby will come to the Knicks via a sign and trade after inking a three year deal worth $13.2 million with the Rockets. The veteran center will be the backup to Tyson Chandler and will finally give the Knicks a legitimate big man off the bench.
This trade comes after the news that Steve Novak signed a 4-year/$15 million deal to stay with the Knicks. New York is looking to solidify their bench and they will make their next order of business re-signing Jeremy Lin and J.R. Smith.
I don’t mind the trade. The Knicks are giving up Douglas, Harrellson, Jordan, and two second round draft picks. None of these players will be missed, and none of them would have seen much playing time this season anyway. Camby is a good backup center to have when Chandler is on the bench, as he is a good rebounder and defender. I don’t really understand the 3-year deal for the 38-year old, but the Knicks are looking to win now so they have to do it. Hopefully all of the draft picks they are giving away will not come back to bite them in the future. If the Knicks win a championship, however, none of this talk of giving up draft picks will even matter.