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Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:44 am
Edited on: February 18, 2010 2:36 am
The Rockets and Kings have agreed in principle to a deal that would send Kevin Martin to Houston, two sources confirmed to, while Tracy McGrady would go to the Kings or Knicks depending on whether the trade expands into a three-team deal.

Details of the agreement were still emerging early Thursday, but one of the sources indicated that the Rockets' aggressive pursuit of a landing spot for McGrady and his $23 million contract may not have taken its last turn before the 3 p.m. ET Thursday deadline. A second person involved in the process was hopeful that McGrady would be rerouted to New York, the former All-Star's preferred destination.

Those familiar with the Kings' thinking have long professed their lack of interest in McGrady, but it wasn't clear early Thursday whether T-Mac would be rerouted to New York by the Kings or sent there in a more standard three-way arrangement. Earlier Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the Kings' posture placed the likelihood of Martin remaining in Sacramento past Thursday's deadline at "100 percent." When pressed, the source opened the door slightly. "OK, 95 percent," the person said.

So there you go.

The players involved in the initial version of the deal were Martin, Kenny Thomas, Sergio Rodriguez, and Hilton Armstrong leaving the Kings, with the Rockets contributing McGrady, Carl Landry, and Joey Dorsey.

The tangled web was woven out of discussions among the Rockets, Knicks, and Bulls surrounding McGrady, whose cap-clearing contract was coveted by both Chicago and New York as they get their books in order for the 2010 free agency class. The discussions took numerous turns, including the Bulls failed efforts to recruit a third team to meet the Rockets' demands. Houston, in the end, may have found its own trading partner; the addition of Martin to the scenario significantly enhances what was already a premium price the Rockets were extracting for McGrady, a player they banished in December after an ill-fated return from microfracture knee surgery.

The Knicks and Rockets had spent the past 48 hours discussing a deal that would've sent McGrady to New York as part of a package for Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill -- the No. 8 pick in the 2009 draft --Larry Hughes and draft pick consideration. The protection on the picks was the sticking point, as the Knicks and Rockets were unable to agree on the conditions under which they would swap 2011 first-round picks and send New York's 2012 first-round pick to Houston.

The Bulls, frustrated with the Rockets' demands and unable to successfully recruit a third team to sweeten their offer, moved on to discussions with Milwaukee, where they will send John Salmons and his $5.8 million owed next season for two expiring contracts.

The Knicks and Rockets may yet get a chance to revive their negotiations if the McGrady deal evolves into a three-way exchange. If not, sources say McGrady hopes to negotiate a buyout and land with a playoff contender.


Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:20 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

this trade isnt official the knicks might get involved from what i herd it could end up as
kevin martin, hilton armstrong, jordan hill, kenny thomas
carl landry, joey dorsey, jared jeffries, (al harrington or larry hughes)
tracy mcgrady, sergio rodriguez

there might also be some draft picks from the knicks that would go to the kings or rockets from the knicks

if the trade goes through without the knicks getting involved mcgrady will probably get bought out and go to the knicks, cavs or lakers

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:19 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

I would hate to see Landry go to a team where the owners are more worried about their casinos and money instead of their team trying to win a championship. I like the Rockets, mostly for Carl Landry though, and I think it would be a dumb move for them to get rid of him. Martin is a good scorer, but not a great player. The Rockets wouldn't have won as many games as they have with out Landry. He's a great energy player off the bench, very physical, and plays extremely smart. If he does go to the Kings, I hope it bites the Rockets in the butt.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:55 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Not a good move for Houston. They have another injury prone 3 pt shooting guard. Martin has missed over 130 games in this his 6th year in the league. They will miss Laundry big time. And for the guy above who said all Laundry brings is  2 point shooting - your spending way to much time in fantasy basketball.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:24 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

If the Rockets trade away Landry, that would be the dumbest move they could make. And for another guard? Stupid. If it happens we Rocket fans can kiss the rest of this season goodbye.

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:21 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

I wish the Utah Jazz would have done something for Martin

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:12 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Yea, I guess now they have Martin and Aaron Brooks in the backcourt, but they had something going with Landry.

Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:06 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Landry shoots a better percentage than Steve Nash and he comes off the bench. But all he does is shoot 2's no boards, blocks, steals, three's. he'll have to do more to carry the king's

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:01 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

It seemed like Landry was going to be a foundation for this new Rockets team.  I'm kind of surprised they're so quick to get rid of him... Thoughts?My first reaction was surprise that Landry was included in the deal.  But realistically, he's not a foundation guy.  He's a Paul Millsap-type complimentary player - extremely valuable, but its not like he's ever going to carry a team.  Kevin Martin is the highest-profile guy in the deal, and you generally have to give up talent to get talent.  After looking at it that way, it made sense. 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:46 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

losing Landry will bite, but getting a Kevin Martin will be good, he can score and will be a good peice to the Rockets and they get rid of Tracey McHurt, i mean McGrady.

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:20 am

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Landry is good, but Aaron Brooks is one of their good players. They have a good role player in Luis Scola.. Add Kevin Martin and you have a dynamic guard situation of Aaron Brooks/Kevin Martin.. That's a good one-two punch at the guard spot. 

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