The Rockets have made a deal with the Knicks that will send 38 year old Marcus Camby to New York for Josh Harrellson, Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan and two second round draft picks in 2014 and 2015.
Camby only played 19 games with the Rockets, but made a huge impact for them on both sides of the court. He averaged 7.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1 steal in 24 minutes a game. Camby will be backing up Tyson Chandler in New York where he will be better suited to finish out his career. He signed a three-year $13 million deal. Marcus will bring a lot of leadership to a team that really needs it.
Toney Douglas was a good pick up for the Rockets. They desperately needed some point guard help and although Douglas had a bad year last season, i think he will return to form this year most likely as a back up. The Rockets system suits him more as he is a shoot first point guard. His best season came in the 2010-2011 season. He played in 81 games and averaged 10.6 points on 37% shooting from downtown, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 24 minutes a game. Douglas isn’t a playmaking point guard. He’s a shooter who can also slide to the shooting guard spot at times. He is best suited to come off the bench as a back up guard who can give the second team some much needed scoring.
Josh Harrellson is a power forward who could also play some center for the Rockets. He stands at 6’10, 275 pounds. He has a lot of size, but his skill set seems more fit for the four spot. In his rookie season with the Knicks he averaged 4.4 points and 4 rebounds in 14.6 minutes a game. Josh has a great shot if you watched him at Kentucky. He struggled some last year, but has a lot of potential to make a name for himself. The Rockets could release him due to the Rockets having way to many forwards, and players for that matter. If he sticks look for him to get some playing time off the bench.
Jerome Jordan also brings a lot of size. He stands at 7’0, 240 pounds. He played in only 21 games for the Knicks, averaging 2 points and 1 rebound in just 5 minutes a game. I think the Rockets release him to make room for other players and the possible arrival of Omer Asik.
Camby will be truly missed in Houston, but with the state of the team up in the air, there was no reason for him to waste his last few seasons of his career on a team that looks like they’re rebuilding. I think Douglas will get some major playing time on the Rockets, it will be up to him to see how much he actually gets.