NBA free agency news roundup: Marcus Camby to join Rockets, Hawks claim Gustavo Ayon


Camby will head home and join the Rockets, while the Hawks added even more frontcourt depth by claiming Ayon off waivers. In other big man news, Greg Oden is reportedly most intrigued by the Heat and Pelicans.

Marcus Camby has selected his next destination, and it will be one that's rather familiar. Camby has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.

This will be Camby's second stint with the Rockets. The 39-year-old veteran played in 19 games for Houston in the 2011-12 season after being traded from the Portland Trail Blazers.

The New York Knicks acquired Camby in a sign-and-trade deal last offseason, but he was limited to just 24 games in 2012-13 due to foot problems. He was dealt to the Toronto Raptors this offseason in the Andrea Bargnani trade before being bought out by Toronto.

The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat were also interested in Camby's services. Camby lives and trains in the Houston area, which played a role in his decision to join the Rockets.

Over at The Dream Shake, Patrick Harrel says the signing doesn't mean anything for Omer Asik's future, and he believes Camby can help mentor Houston's young bigs:

Essentially, Camby will become what Dikembe Mutombo was to the Rockets in the mid-2000s. His offensive game has dwindled year by year, but he can still help with size inside to block shots and grab rebounds. More importantly, he will give a group of young big men another veteran influence to help mentor them and learn how to play the game the right way.

Hawks claim Ayon

The Atlanta Hawks added yet another big man to their roster, claiming Gustavo Ayon off waivers. The Milwaukee Bucks waived Ayon on Friday despite recently picking up his $1.5 million team option for next season.

Ayon averaged 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds between the Bucks and Orlando Magic last season. He came over to the Bucks in the J.J. Redick deal at the trade deadline.

The Hawks have added quite a bit to their frontcourt this offseason, and it will be interesting to see how the minutes are doled out. Kris Willis at Peachtree Hoops had some thoughts on what could happen:

This move could further signal that first-round pick Lucas Nogueira won't be joining the club this season. Atlanta's frontcourt is quickly getting crowded with the additions of Paul Millsap, Elton Brand, Pero Antic and now Ayon this summer in addition to the drafting of Nogueira and second-round pick Mike Muscala.

Nogueira is just 21 years old and could stand to use a little more seasoning in Europe, but Atlanta's plans for the youngster are currently unclear.

Pelicans, Heat favorites for Oden?

Greg Oden has a long list of suitors, with the Hawks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings all chasing after the big man. ESPN's Marc Stein reported earlier Sunday that every team but the Mavs had representatives scouting Oden earlier in the week.

Stein said Oden looked good in his workouts, which explains why there's so much interest. Oden is expected to make his decision this week, and Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports the center is "most intrigued" by the Heat and Pelicans.

The Heat could offer Oden the taxpayer mid-level exception of up to $3.18 million, while the Pelicans still have their room exception of $2.65 million available.

Sanders wants Jennings back

The Brandon Jennings saga in Milwaukee still has not reached a resolution, with the point guard and the Bucks still discussing the possibility of a new deal. Meanwhile, Larry Sanders seems firmly entrenched as a centerpiece of the Bucks moving forward, and he told Shams Charania of RealGM that he hopes Jennings will be as well:

"I know he's going through his own little cycle right now, his own world," Sanders said. "If he comes back and we're able to keep him, I'd love to have him. But if not, I know he's going to have to do the best thing for his career."

Sanders says he has wanted to call Jennings to let him know he wants the point guard back, but Jennings has left the impression that he wants his privacy as he mulls his future.

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