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Knicks get Camby from Raptors for Oakley

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Marcus Camby was traded to the New York Knicks by the Toronto Raptors Thursday for power forward Charles Oakley in a swap of youth for experience.

The Raptors also acquired center Sean Marks, selected out of California in the second round of Wednesday night's NBA draft, plus an undisclosed amount of cash.

Camby, troubled by injuries in his two years with the Raptors, never quite lived up to their expectations when they made him the No. 2 pick in the 1996 draft.

Camby averaged 12.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and a league-leading 3.65 blocks per game last season. But he played just 63 games and was not a factor in many of those.

In Oakley, Toronto picked up a veteran -- he's 34 and has played in the NBA for 13 years -- who likes to rebound, enjoys the inside game and thrives on physical confrontations. He broke into the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.

"As one of the NBA's best defenders and rebounders, Charles Oakley gives us a physical presence and mental toughness that is unsurpassed in our league," said Toronto general manager Glen Grunwald.

The addition of Oakley, who averaged nine points and 9.2 rebounds last year, further shored up Toronto's front-court. The Raptors acquired 7-foot center Kevin Willis from the Houston Rockets two weeks ago.

The acquisitions of Willis and Oakley allowed the Raptors to get a finesse player -- swingman Vince Carter from North Carolina -- in Wednesday's draft.