With the Brooklyn Nets furiously working on a trade to land one big-name center, the New York Knicks added a key big man of their own to a front court that is fast becoming one of the best in the league.
The move would pair Camby with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler to form a formidable pair of aggressive rebounders and capable shot-blockers.
According to the report, Camby’s deal will be worth $13.2 million over three years, and in return, the Rockets will receive guard Toney Douglas, forward Josh Harrellson, center Jerome Jordan and two future second-round picks. The deal cannot be finalized until Wednesday, the first date that free agents can sign contracts under the collective bargaining agreement.
Camby, 38, is four years removed from winning Defensive Player of the Year honors and last season averaged 4.9 points, 9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while playing 23 minutes per game for Houston. He returns to the Big Apple where he played four seasons from 1998-2002.
The move comes one week after the Knicks added 39-year-old point guard Jason Kidd, and continued their effort to add experience to their young talent.
Now, after making a deal with the Rockets, the Knicks will attempt to thwart Houston’s attempt to pry star point guard Jeremy Lin away from New York. Lin reportedly agreed to an offer sheet with Houston for a backloaded deal worth up to $28.8 million over four years. The Knicks have repeatedly expressed their intent to match any offer for Lin, and starting Wednesday, they will have three days to match Houston’s offer.
NBA rumors: Howard, Terry, Lin, Bynum could be on the move