NBA Notes: Marcus Camby returns to Rockets

NBA Notes: Marcus Camby returns to Rockets
July 29, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Marcus Camby, who spent the 2012 season in Houston, signed back with the Rockets on Monday. (AP)

HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets have signed veteran free agent center Marcus Camby.

It is the second stint for Camby in Houston after he played for the Rockets in 2012. The 39-year-old played 19 games for Houston that season and averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.53 blocks. He was shipped to the New York Knicks by the Rockets in a sign-and-trade in July 2012 and appeared in 24 games for the Knicks last season.

The 6-foot-11 player was traded to Toronto on July 10 and waived by the Raptors on July 17.

He joins a team that has superstar center Dwight Howard, Houston's major free agent pickup, and last year's starting center Omer Asik.

The 17-year veteran was the second overall pick by the Raptors in 1996.

Lakers: Rambis, Davis hired as assistants
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers said Monday they have hired Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistants for coach Mike D'Antoni.

Rambis starred for the Lakers during the "Showtime" era and has been with the team off and on, either in the front office or on the bench, for the past two decades. He served as an assistant coach from 1994-99, 2001-04 and from 2005-09, helping to guide the team to two NBA titles. He took over as head coach during the 1998-99 season and went 24-13.

Rambis was head coach at Minnesota from 2009-11 before serving as a TV analyst.

Davis is a former head coach in Orlando and Philadelphia who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors (see full story).

Mavericks: Rookie Larkin signs deal
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round pick Shane Larkin, who is likely out until training camp in October with a broken right ankle.

Larkin is slotted to make $1.28 million in the point guard's first season under the rookie salary scale.

The Mavericks traded down twice in the draft and ended up with the rights to Larkin, the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. He was taken 18th by Atlanta.

Larkin helped Miami to its first Atlantic Coast Conference title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Larkin led the Hurricanes at 14.5 points and 4.6 assists per game.

The 5-foot-11 Larkin broke his ankle while practicing for the summer league. He had surgery this month and should be sidelined about three months.