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Rockets Sign Former Knicks Center Marcus Camby as Howard Backup

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A 17-year National Basketball Association veteran, Marcus Camby spent last season with the New York Knicks.

The Houston Rockets signed 39-year-old center Marcus Camby as a backup for Dwight Howard, two weeks after Camby was waived by the Toronto Raptors.

A 17-year National Basketball Association veteran, Camby spent last season with the New York Knicks -- scoring 42 points in 24 games -- and was traded to the Raptors this month in a deal that brought Andrea Bargnani to New York.

The 6-foot-11 Camby becomes the Rockets’ third center, joining Howard, a seven-time All-Star who signed with Houston as a free agent, and 7-footer Omer Asik, who started all 82 games for the team last season.

Camby, who appeared in 19 games for Houston during the 2011-12 season, has averaged 9.5 points and 9.8 rebounds for his career with the Knicks, Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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