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McGrady's escape window opens

Posted on: February 10, 2010 6:32 pm
Nobody wants to go to New York right now, considering the weather. But if talks progress on a three-team trade proposal involving the Knicks, Rockets, and Wizards, Tracy McGrady might be on his way to the Big Apple by the time the snow is cleaned up.

Though sources cautioned that no deal has been finalized, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the teams have discussed a swap that would send McGrady to New York, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood to Houston, and Al Harrington to the Wizards. Other pieces would have to be involved, but those are the main ones.

The holdup, according to one of the sources, is indecision on the part of the Rockets and Knicks to sign off on the proposal. The second person familiar with the scenario characterized it as one of many discussions the Wizards are actively engaged in as they try to clean house in the wake of Gilbert Arenas' season-wrecking firearms suspension.

Among those discussions, other sources say, involve Butler going to Dallas in an exchange that almost certainly would include Josh Howard. If the Mavs are able to follow through on their desire to trade Howard, they essentially must do so before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Howard has a team option at $11.8 million for the 2010-11 season, and as such couldn't be traded after the season unless the Mavs picked up the option -- which would guarantee Howard's contract for next season.

As far as McGrady, what would the Knicks' motivation be to import an aging star coming off microfracture surgery -- one who has played all of six games this season? Thus, the hangup. Teams have balked at the Knicks' efforts to divest themselves of Jared Jeffries and Eddy Curry, both of whom are hampering New York's plan to clear further cap space for its free-agent shopping spree this coming summer. Moving Harrington's expiring contract (and another piece to make the trade work under CBA guidelines) and taking on McGrady's $23 million expiring deal wouldn't dramatically improve the Knicks' cap position for 2010-11. The motivation, therefore, would be hoping that McGrady has enough left to help push the Knicks back into the playoff picture. As of Wednesday, New York was 6 1-2 games out of the eighth spot.

Newsday reported Wednesday that Knicks president Donnie Walsh has visited Chicago seeking an answer to that question. Since the Rockets banished him in December, McGrady has been splitting time between Houston and Chicago, where he's worked out with personal trainer Tim Grover at the Attack Athletics gym. Walsh, according to Newsday, could be planning another trip. What he sees could be the tipping point in what would be one of the most significant deals to occur before the deadline.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2010 7:10 pm

McGrady's escape window opens

You have NO CLUE!!! Bosh isn't going anyyywhere. Bringing in has beens? Really? I thought The Knicks were the one's responsible for that, you know...with all that extra cash they waste. Does Starbury, Francis, or maybe trying to bring in Mcgrady ring a bell.
You really don't know much about the Raptors and that's o.k, because like you...I to pretend to know what I am talking about, mostly when my GF ask's my opinion on what kind of fabrics she likes or look nice. Listen, get used to a Canadian team being better than most of the Eastern Conference...not the West, the East.
Oh and Hedo, I think the Magic would rather have him than the Hasbeen Vince Carter....AND that's a Fact!

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 4:29 pm

McGrady's escape window opens

lebron isnt going to the new york knicks bro. thats hilarious.he wouldnt leave his hometown and the teams best team for a piece of garbage rebulding team. not happening. only thing ny knows is that they will have a bummer come next year when they still stink like catballs.

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:07 pm

McGrady's escape window opens

That would be great for the Rockets....Butler and Haywood would give them two more opitons.  They would have another scorer and a shot blocker.  (Yao and McGrady are too unreliable)

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 11:50 am

McGrady's escape window opens

I find it quite hilarious that all the Cavalier fans feel the need to type up whole articles "trying" to convince everyone that LeBron James will stay in the sewer dump that is Cleveland. If it's a guarantee he stays then you shouldn't be writing your jibber jabber on the whole issue. Even LeBron himself doesn't know what he will do in 2010.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2010 11:44 am

The Knicks can't trade Harrington!

Harrington is a vital player off the bench for the knicks!  If they want to draw in star players they are going to need more than cap space, they need a supporting group that will help out the star players.  Not to mention Harrington is a huge fan favorite in NY, and that he loves it here, and has previously mentioned he would take a pay cut to STAY HERE!  If the Knicks trade Harrington it can only lead to bad things.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 11:23 am


Harrington's contract is expiring too, so it doesn't make the room they need.  They need to dump Hot Plate Curry and JJ.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:37 am

McGrady's escape window opens

There are 150 million reasons for Labron to go to NY.  In his NIKE contract there is a clause that give hime $150 mill if he plays for a team in NY, LA, or Chicago.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:07 am

McGrady's escape window opens

I'm tired of all this talk about the Knicks maybe signing two big-ticket free agents after July 1. It's not like in baseball, where the Yankees can outbid everyone else (re: A-Rod C.C. Sabathia and Mark Texeira). With salary caps, there is only so much the Knicks can offer, and really, if the money is more equal, are any of the top-tier free agents going to come here?
I have my doubts.  

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:06 am

McGrady's escape window opens

I now KNOW why the knicks remain irrelevant, these silly, stupid name trades. The knicks honestly believe that McGrady is better than Al Harrington? McGrady hasn't been a PTP'er (Prime Time Player as Dicky V says) in years, he's been the other PTP'er (Pine Time player)!!! Harrington WANTS to be in NY and is willing to actually take LESS to stay there. No other player in the league even wants to come to NY let alone take less money to be there. Between D'Antoni and Walsh I can't tell who's dumber. These guys are almost starting to make Isiah look smart. Now if the knicks said they were getting rid of the Eddie "TheBig Hurt" Curry and Jared "The Incredible Disappearing Man" Jefferies contracts I would be all for this but as is , Now F-in way!!! All I can say is this: if this trade goes through and they do get McGrady and he does his yearly stint in the rehab clinic this knicks regime might as well pack it's bags after the season and leave because there won't be anywhere to hide from the bashing they'll take in the press and other media outlets. Now it's just another wait and see game at MSG and in NY.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 9:17 am

McGrady's escape window opens

I'm a Knicks fan and this is such a common type of occurance it doesn't even faze me anymore. What I want to know is why the hell would Washington trade Caron Butler AND Brenden Haywood for Harrington, now that makes zero sense, for the wizards I mean

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