The Rockets that Marcus Camby left were about to be so young that had he returned he would have looked like a camp counselor driving the bus.

He was in the first wave of last summer's exodus from that team leaving only a pair of rookies behind. Heading into his 17th season Camby fit far better with a Knicks team crowded with players of his own generation than a Rockets roster that would become the NBA's youngest and least experienced.

Most of the Rockets he rejoined Sunday might not have been out of kindergarten when Camby's NBA career began but somehow one season later he fits.

Camby 39 signed a one-year veteran's minimum contract with the Rockets in part for the chance to return home. After agreeing to a $3.4 million buyout with the Toronto Raptors he will earn roughly $1.4 million from his Rockets contract $884293 paid by the Rockets.

The longtime Pearland resident had said when acquired by the Rockets late in the 2011-12 season that he wanted to finish his career at home. But he left because the team was in the midst of a retooling that had them collecting prospects fostering little chance to contend for anything beyond a long-shot chase of a playoff spot and little interest in keeping a player wrapping up a career.

This was just last July with the Rockets getting Toney Douglas and a pair of second-round picks from the Knicks in the sign-and-trade deal. It was before the deals to sign free agents Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik before the trade for James Harden and long before the Rockets had any real chance to land Dwight Howard. When the smoke cleared Chandler Parsons and Greg Smith were the only players to end one season and start the next. Camby fit much better in a locker room with Kurt Thomas Rasheed Wallace and Jason Kidd.