Mar 22, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Knicks center Marcus Camby (23) reacts against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Knicks beat the Raptors 99-94. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Marcus Camby expects to play this season

Center Marcus Camby is hoping to return to the NBA by the end of the month.

Camby spent last season with the New York Knicks, but felt he was underutilized. The now 39-year old Camby played in just 24 games, making four starts. He averaged 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 10.4 minutes per game.

In the offseason, Camby was shipped to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that netted the Knicks’ former top overall pick Andrea Bargnani. After the Raptors released Camby, he decided to join another former team of his – the Houston Rockets.

However, with the Rockets needing a roster spot and Camby unable to return from a torn plantar fascia tissue, Camby was released by the Rockets.

According to Shams Charania of RealGM, Camby has been rehabbing and is hoping to return by the end of February.

Free agent center Marcus Camby is progressing in his rehabilitation from foot surgery and expects to be fully healthy by February’s end to join an NBA team, a league source told RealGM.

Camby, who underwent surgery before the season for a torn plantar fascia, returned to on-court activities two weeks ago and has shown positive signs in his rehab. Teams must finalize postseason-eligible players by March 1.

Over his career, Camby has averaged 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

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