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Rockets completing deal to send Tracy McGrady to New York

Feb 16, 2010, 10:50 PM EST

mcGrady.jpgUPDATE: Sources from ESPN and others are indicating the Bulls are still in the McGrady talks, and are including a pick in their offer, which could change Houston’s mind on the Knicks’ offer, which doesn’t include a pick until 2012. The Knicks remain the favorite to land McGrady, “probably tomorrow.”

Our long national …mild distraction may be over. Chris Mannix is reporting that the the Rockets and Knicks are finalizing a deal that will send Tracy McGrady to the Knicks in return for Jared Jeffries, Larry Hughes, and rookie forward Jordan Hill.

Mannix reports the deal will also include swapping of picks and that the remaining issues pertain to the protection of those picks.

With McGrady the Knicks get a tiny bit more room this summer and get to see if McGrady has anything left in him. Both Jeffries ($6.4 million with early-termination-option) and Hughes ($13.65 million and change) are expiring contracts, but the Knicks also surrender promising rookie Jordan Hill. The Rockets now have yet another talented forward to plug into their system, providing even more moveable assets, Jeffries who is a capable perimeter defender, and, well, the ghost of Larry Hughes.

McGrady finishes his career with the Rockets under a veil of disappointment. Instead of being the savior for the franchise, he was the remaining totem pole of pre-Morey decision making, when superstars were more important than production. We’ll have to see what the mad genius does with all the room he’s created. The Knicks? Just inching towards a fresh start from their early-decade disasters.

Reclemation is a journey, not a jaunt.

  1. Steve - Feb 17, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    Good job knicks finally got a good player. Datonio and the knicks should get rid of gallo. Waste of time to keep playing him. The next player that should be traded is duhon. Make Nate a starter.

  2. Rich - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    The Knicks “get to see if McGrady has anything left in him.” Here we go again! The Knicks are the laughing stock of the NBA. Complete lack of talent, no star step up leader on the franchise and they go after a player to “see if he has anything left in him” C’MON! Deal for a player that is actually playing well and has long term potential. What a joke and waste of money this move is! But…actions like this have come to be expected after all.

  3. ryan Smith - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    hmmm the Knicks did not do this trade to get McGrady. They did this to free up more cap space at the end of the season. Now they have more money to go after big name free agents. This is actually one of the good moves the Knicks have made. Rich I think you don’t understand why the Knicks pulled this off.

  4. ryan Smith - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    hmmm the Knicks did not do this trade to get McGrady. They did this to free up more cap space at the end of the season. Now they have more money to go after big name free agents. This is actually one of the good moves the Knicks have made. Rich I think you don’t understand why the Knicks pulled this off.

  5. Ikiesha - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Once again the Houston team make stupid decisions. They given up an All-Star player for 3 nobody. All because of the coach personal ego. This is why the Rockets games are so empty! I attended the Rockets and Nuggets last game and it was quiet as a mouse. All of the lower prom had empty seats and the few fans left were at the very top with the give away tickets. The TV make it sound like the games are full of screams when in fact it is quiet. Tracey could have at least got the Rockets to the play-offs but they relied on Brooks as a star??? How long did they think that would last? He should be coming of the bench behind (Lowry) who get the whole team involved. Why was Badi not in the trade? He starts and can’t even give us 5 points a game! The Rockets are sucking bad! I will not spend my hard earned money to see a bunch of rookies or washed up players. I’m very disiponted as a Fan!

  6. wilfredo - Feb 17, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    i believe that latrell sprewell should coach the knicks and jorge posada should play center they shoul also let gallinaria run the point and bring back stephon marbury

  7. IxceIX - Apr 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    as a laker fan i have to admit i do not care too much for the rockets but them getting rid of t-mac was one of the smartest moves they’ve made in a long while. the guy is a cancer. hell, even new york doesn’t want him back next season. LOL
    as far as aaron brooks goes, that guy is a beast! i would love for mgmt. to kick fisher to the curb and get a quality point guard like brooks. he is easily one of the better point guards in the league today. houston better hang on to that guy for as long as they can.

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