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Rockets Sign Former Knicks Center Marcus Camby as Howard Backup

Former Knicks Center Marcus Camby
A 17-year National Basketball Association veteran, Marcus Camby spent last season with the New York Knicks. Photographer: Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

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