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Marcus Camby (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images News)

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HOUSTON (AP) _ Marcus Camby is returning to New York, while the
Houston Rockets continue to reshape their roster.

The 38-year-old Camby agreed Monday to rejoin the Knicks in a
deal that sends three players and two second-round draft picks to
Houston, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither team
has announced the trade.

Yahoo Sports reported that Camby’s deal was for three years and
$13.2 million.

The Rockets will get guard Toney Douglas, centers Josh Harrelson
and Jerome Jordan and second-round picks in 2014 and `15.

The 6-foot-11 Camby, meanwhile, will be back in New York where
he played from 1998-2002.

Douglas played in 38 games last season, starting only nine, and
averaged 6.2 points and 2.0 assists. The 6-10, 275-pound Harrelson
was a second-round pick by New Orleans in 2011 and was traded to
the Knicks. He appeared in 37 games and averaged 4.4 points and 3.9
rebounds. The 7-foot Jordan, a native of Jamaica, averaged 5
minutes in 21 games last season.

Though Camby has battled injuries during his NBA career, he
remains a productive rebounder and shot blocker even after 16
seasons. He also drew interest from Miami and New Jersey but made
his destination clear on Twitter, with a simple posting of “NY”
on Monday afternoon.

Camby helped the Knicks make a surprising run to the 1999 NBA
Finals in his first season in New York. The No. 2 overall pick in
the 1996 draft and a native of nearby Connecticut became a fan
favorite before the Knicks dealt him to Denver in 2002. He should
become a valuable backup at center to Tyson Chandler, last season’s
NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

He becomes the second nearly 40-something to join the Knicks
this summer, with Jason Kidd agreeing to go to New York last week.

The deals cannot become official until Wednesday.

The Knicks had announced earlier Monday that all three players
going to Houston would headline their summer league roster.

Douglas was the Knicks’ starter at point guard to begin the
season but struggled coming off offseason shoulder surgery. He
quickly lost his starting job and eventually fell out of the
rotation completely, even after injuries to Jeremy Lin and Baron
Davis.

The Knicks and Rockets are also competing for Lin’s services.

Houston, one of the most active teams in the offseason, got Lin to
agree to a four-year deal, but he is a restricted free agent, and
the Knicks have three days after Wednesday to match the Rockets’
offer.

The pursuit of Lin emerged after unrestricted free agent point
guard Goran Dragic went to Phoenix. The Rockets immediately reached
out to Lin and traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto.

Houston obtained Camby from Portland at the trading deadline. He
averaged 7.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 19 games. The Rockets
traded starting center Samuel Dalembert before last month’s draft,
among the flurry of moves by general manager Daryl Morey after the
team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

The Rockets collected three first-round picks before the draft
and were rumored to be building a package to offer Orlando for
All-Star center Dwight Howard. But Houston couldn’t pull off a
draft-night deal, and the Rockets drafted guard Jeremy Lamb and
forwards Royce White and Terrence Jones.

Houston continued to maneuver after the draft, getting Bulls
center Omer Asik to agree to a three-year, $25 million deal. The
7-foot Asik is a restricted free agent, giving Chicago three days
to match Houston’s offer.

Houston withdrew its qualifying offer to guard Courtney Lee,
allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
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AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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