July 13, 2012 8:02 AM EST
Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby Debut In New York Knicks Uniforms [PHOTOS]
Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby are officially members of the New York Knicks. These pictures of them receiving their new uniforms Thursday morning at Madison Square Garden prove it.
The two players became free agents during the off-season, and officially became players for New York during a signing ceremony at MSG Thursday after being wooed by Mike Woodson and the Knicks.
Jason Kidd, a 10-time NBA All-Star point guard, has averages of 13.0 points, 9.0 assists. 6.4 rebounds and 1.95 steals over 36.6 minutes in 1,315 games, in 18 seasons, according to a Knicks press release sent out Thursday. In 2011, he and current Knicks center Tyson Chandler won an NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks.
It is unknown whether Jason Kidd, 39, or breakout sensation Jeremy Lin would start in the point if Lin is re-signed (as he is widely expected to be) by the Knicks, though rumors are that Jeremy Lin would most likely start at starting point guard when the season begins.
"Adding a veteran NBA All-Star to our already established team was an opportunity we could not pass up," New York Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald said in a statement. "He has had a prolific career, with plenty of good basketball still ahead of him. Jason is a tremendous competitor and one of the best leaders the game has ever seen."
Woodson added his own two cents about the Kidd signing:
"I am absolutely thrilled that we were able to add Jason Kidd to our roster ... I consider him to be a great professional that will help our team both on and off the court."
Jason Kidd ranks second in NBA history in total assists (11,842) and total steals (2,559), third in three pointers (1,874) and eighth in assists per game (9.0), according to the Knicks press release.
Marcus Camby will return in the coming season for his second stint as a New York Knick after being acquired by the Knicks via a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. The Knicks gave the Rockets Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and two future second-round draft choices in exchange for Camby.
Cambry, 38, is an accomplished 6'11" center with experience in New York, having played on the team between 1998 and 2002, when he averaged 10.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.91 blocks over 28.6 minutes in 197 regular-season games (103 starts), according to a New York Knicks press release. He is the Knicks' fifth-best all-time shot blocker with 376 blocks in his short time on the team, according to the release.
"It's exciting when you get the chance to bring a former Knick like Marcus Camby back home," Grunwald said in a statement. "His defensive presence, shot-blocking ability and offensive board work will give us nice depth in our frontcourt. In addition, our fan base is very fond of him for what he accomplished here during his four seasons. I also have a great appreciation of Marcus after the time we spent together in Toronto."
Camby has career averages of 9.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.44 blocks over 30.0 minutes in 949 games (782 starts) over 16 seasons, according to the Knicks press release. He will help fill out the the Knicks' post, and is expected to mesh well with fellow big man Chandler.
In other news, the Knicks have reportedly reached a deal to sign Argetinian point guard Pablo Prigioni, who has been a star of the Spanish League, according to ESPN New York.
"The Knicks haven't made the signing official yet, but a source told ESPN New York that the contract amount will be for the rookie's minimum, which was agreed to on Tuesday night," the website reported Wednesday.