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NBA Roundup: Camby hopes to avoid foot surgery

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A torn plantar fascia in a foot could keep Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby off the floor for weeks and possibly months.

The injury has prevented the 39-year-old -- signed by the Rockets as a free agent in the offseason to help back up Dwight Howard -- from practicing during training camp.

Camby is underdoing therapy and treatment on the foot in hopes of avoiding surgery.

Injuries have plagued the well-traveled Camby the past few years. Last season, he was limited to 24 games with the New York Knicks.

In addition to Camby, the Rockets' big men include Howard, Omer Asik, Greg Smith and Donatas Motiejunas.

---The Los Angeles Lakers waived centers Eric Boateng and Dan Gadzuric to reduce their roster to 17 players.

The 6-foot-11 Gadzuric played for Marinos de Anzoátegui in Venezuela season, averaging 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30 games. The 10-year NBA veteran, who was drafted 34th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2002, averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds with the Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks.

The 6-10 Boateng, a free agent, spent the past three seasons playing in the NBA's Development League and in Greece and Germany. He played college basketball at Duke and Arizona State. The London-born Boateng is also a member of England's national team.
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