The Houston Rockets have signed free-agent Marcus Camby, according to

A deal has been agreed for the center to re-sign for the Rockets on a one-year deal worth the minimum $1.4m for a veteran. He will join Dwight Howard and Omer Asik as the third center in their roster.

The 39-year-old, who was once given the award for Defensive Player of the Year, was released by the Toronto Raptors earlier this month after they bought out his contract, which was worth $7.5m over the final two years of his previous deal.

His agent Rick Kaplan said in a text message to Houston's KRIV-TV: "Marcus is extremely excited to be coming back to the Rockets.

"He believes he can add vetreran leadership to a potent young core that can compete for the NBA title. It is a great opportunity for him and huge plus for the Rockets."

Camby left the Raptors without making an appearance in his second spell there, after being involved in the trade that saw Andrea Bargnani move to the New York Knicks.

The Rockets previously signed Camby in 2012, and he played 19 games for them.

He has been in the NBA since 1996, when he was picked by as the Raptors second overall draft, and his career has spanned 973 games.

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