Raptors buy out Marcus Camby

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors have bought out center Marcus Camby's contract, his agent, Rick Kaplan, said Thursday.

Camby, acquired as part of the trade that sent Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks, was owed $7.5 million over the final two years of his deal.

The 39-year-old center appeared in just 24 games last season for the Knicks, averaging 1.8 points per game. Camby was picked second overall by Toronto in the 1996 draft and has played 973 games during his career.

Camby has expressed a desire to play for a contending team .

The front-runners for Camby, who is looking to play two more years and then move into coaching, are Miami, Houston, Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

The Raptors announced Tuesday that they were using their amnesty provision on forward Linas Kleiza.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling and Ian Begley was used in this report.