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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 CBSSports.com, 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.

Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:14 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Not a chance bator, the Lakers are still the deepest team in the NBA and the frontcourt is still second to none with Gasol, Bynum and Odom off the bench.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:09 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Rocket fans hate to lose Carl Landry, but you have to trade talent to get talent.  Plus, Landry will be looking for a nice raise next year and the Rockets probably wouldn't be able/willing to match a best offer.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:37 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Great Trade for the rockets. They get rid of a guy in Mcgrady who wasnt doing anything with them and had no future with them, to get a guy in martin who is a good scorer and can help the team and sacramento gets an expiring contract. . Awesome deal for both parties



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:43 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

I wouldn't go so far as to say KM is overrated but with a better supporting cast in Houston and that up-tempo style of play, he should get noticed a lot more for his particular skills-score,score,score some more. As a Laker fan that sees KM often, he's still a young player with a lot to prove. Landry is a decent post player with physical tools. Both teams helped themselves with this trade.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:35 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Not so fast my friend. They're still unproven in the playoffs and beating the Lakers twice during the reg season doesn't mean a whole lot. Lebron looked like he won the Championship after that second win against the Lakers-what a joke



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:21 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Kevin MArtin is an overrated player.  Always be wary of the best player on a bad team.  Somone has to score points.  I don;t think this improves the rockets, but it will make the Kings marginally better now, and significantly better in the future.





Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:47 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

As a Kings fan, I'm stoked to have Landry.  I loved Martin, but we have a crowded backcourt and Evans made him expendable.  Our frontcourt has been acrowded courasel this year also, but hopefully Landry will hopefully give us some stability up front.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:27 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

Yeah, I would take Carl Landry on the Blazers any day of the week - he's a stud.



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:09 am
 

Rockets agree to acquire Kevin Martin from Kings

The Cavs are going to destroy the Lakers in the finals.



Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:09 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?


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