Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/13/14

If Marcus Camby is going to win an NBA title this coming season, it will not be with the Miami Heat. Instead, the 17-year veteran center is Houston bound once again according to multiple reports. As expected, Camby will sign a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets for the $1.4 million minimum after narrowing down his final three teams last week to Miami, Houston and Chicago, since clearing waivers from the Toronto Raptors. At 6-foot-11, the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2007) will provide a valuable service, both with his ability to rebound and block shots despite playing a very limited role with the New York Knicks last season. Now in his second stint with the Rockets (he appeared in 19 games with 13 starts, and averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during the 2012 season), Camby is set to show he can regain that form and holds career averages of 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game (973 games). The kicker here: Camby will also serve as a mentor to Dwight Howard, the Rockets $88-million dollar man. By signing Camby, the Rockets now present a front-line of Camby, Howard, Omer Asik and Greg Smith, which could become a blessing or a curse depending on how head coach Kevin McHale plans to divvy-up the minutes and roles, particularly when it comes to the juggling of Asik, Camby and Smith. While the pending free-agency of Franciso Garcia leaves the Rockets’ roster incomplete at this time, Houston has undoubtedly made significant progress this offseason to catapult them to the top of the Western Conference along with San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Along with adding Howard, Houston signed free-agent point Aaron Brooks (who was traded from the Rockets to the Phoenix Suns in the 2010-11 season), forward Omri Casspi and drafted guard Isaiah Canaan (Murray State) and forward Robert Covington (Tennessee State), it is Camby who provides the most extensive experience to Houston’s revamped roster. And if the Rockets plan to lift-off to the NBA Finals this season, they’ll need all the leadership they can get.  [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Phil Jackson to be fined for comments on college player

Rondo 'extremely unlikely' to re-sign with Mavericks

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Report: Brock Lesnar has hit contract snag with WWE

MLB reportedly will try to show compassion to Josh Hamilton

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jon Gruden: Bears need to move on from Jay Cutler

Blue Jays OF tears meniscus in freak sprinkler accident

Death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Five bubble teams playing well heading into March

Falcons release Steven Jackson

Bill Walton has some words of advice for Derrick Rose

NASCAR driver's car stolen from hotel parking lot

WATCH: Herm Edwards breaks down infamous llama video

Rex Ryan has truck with Buffalo Bills paint scheme

WATCH: Sidney Crosby catches teammate's stick in mid-air

WATCH: Vanderbilt coach tells own player 'I'll f-ing kill you'

Are the Kings willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins?

Johan Santana signed by Blue Jays to minor league deal

Leafs trade David Clarkson to Blue Jackets For Nathan Horton

Panthers acquire Jaromir Jagr from Devils

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

HBO picks up The Rock’s football series, ‘Ballers’

The key offseason moves for every MLB team

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Why the Lions should let Suh walk

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.