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Trade deadline: Rockets flip Tracy McGrady for Kevin Martin

Feb 18, 2010, 3:13 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_martin1_250.jpgAfter flirting with the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has finally capitalized on the expiring contract of Tracy McGrady. The deal is hardly concrete, but an agreement has been made in principle between the Kings and the Rockets according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, though the Knicks could still become a part of the deal as well (something that seems more and more likely as the night wears on). As it stands however, the Rockets will send McGrady, Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, and cash considerations to Sacramento for Kevin Martin, Kenny Thomas (woof), Sergio Rodriguez, and Hilton Armstrong.

Even though seven-time All-Star and former scoring champ Tracy McGrady is the biggest name of the bunch, he hardly has the biggest game; Kevin Martin is capable of being one of the league’s most efficient scorers, as his ability to hit shots and draw fouls make him valuable to any offense. He should fit in beautifully with a Rockets team that relies too heavily on Aaron Brooks and Trevor Ariza for shot creation, though the defensively-challenged Martin is a bit atypical on a roster of hard-working defenders.

But Houston will certainly miss Carl Landry’s top-notch production from inside, and Sacramento will be reaping all the benefits. Having a big man rotation of Landry, Jason Thompson, and Spencer Hawes gives the Kings a young, versatile bunch to build around, and each brings something unique to the table.  Sacramento also clears out a significant long-term contract by trading away Martin, which opens the window for the Kings to be a major player in this summer’s free agent market. The Kings’ final salary commitments depend on which pieces go where in this deal (and New York’s possible involvement could swing things by a few million either way), but as it stands, Sacramento will have plenty of financial flexibility going forward.

  1. Larry Williams - Feb 18, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    MAN this is the worst trade EVER-EVER-EVER……..

  2. landry - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    giving up landry is not worth it for kevin martin. martin is a good player, but he’s not a rare commodity. rockets can get someone better in the free agent market. but i guess we can’t doubt Morey yet.
    sac fans are going to be celebrating with this flasher girl http://bit.ly/sportsknockers

  3. Bill Lee - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    What the hell are the Rockets thinking?!? BOOOOOOOOOO!!! Daryl Morey has some explaining to do.

  4. geo1951 - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    “the Rockets will send McGrady, Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, and cash considerations to Sacramento for Kenny Thomas (woof), Sergio Rodriguez, and Hilton Armstrong.”
    What about the headline, which says Keven Martin? I’m confused.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    EXACTLY..DO THESE WRITERS EVER READ WHAT THEY WRITE?

  6. stopjocknmyswag - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Hey geo1951….Can’t you read? As it stands however, the Rockets will send McGrady, Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, and cash considerations to Sacramento for Kevin Martin, Kenny Thomas (woof), Sergio Rodriguez, and Hilton Armstrong

  7. ben - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    “As it stands however, the Rockets will send McGrady, Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, and cash considerations to Sacramento for Kevin Martin, Kenny Thomas (woof), Sergio Rodriguez, and Hilton Armstrong.”
    thats what i see in the above article

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  9. nikestarsonsale - Apr 1, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    Tracy McGrady

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