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T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 4:38 pm

Recovering from an initial blow that saw Tracy McGrady heading to Sacramento overnight, the Knicks successfully expanded it into a three-team deal that sends the former All-Star to New York -- and clears Jared Jeffries' cap-clogging contract, a key person involved in the negotiations told

The Knicks will send Jeffries, Jordan Hill, and draft-pick considerations to Houston, which gets Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento and sends McGrady and Sergio Rodriguez to the Knicks. The Kings get Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey from Houston and Larry Hughes from New York.

The three-team blockbuster evolved from talks among the Rockets, Knicks and Bulls involving McGrady's $23 million contract. The Bulls, unsuccessful in their attempt to recruit a third team to meet Houston's demands, pulled out of the discussions Wednesday and found other avenues to clear 2010 cap space -- sending John Salmons to the Bucks and Tyrus Thomas to the Bobcats. The Knicks and Rockets hammered away over the issue of draft-pick protection for hours, until Sacremento emerged early Thursday as a facilitator by agreeing to send Martin -- long coveted by the Rockets -- to Houston.

The deal involving Houston and Sacramento could have stood alone, but was designed as an avenue to steer McGrady to New York in a three-team deal if all demands could be met. The sticking point was the level of protection New York required on their 2011 and 2012 first-round picks. The Knicks were discussing the right to swap 2011 first-rounders with Houston, which would get the Knicks' 2012 No. 1 pick depending on where it falls in the draft.

In the end, the Knicks paid a dear price. The Rockets will have the right to swap No. 1 picks in 2011 with the Knicks unless New York's pick is first overall. The 2012 firs-round pick going to Houston is top-5 protected.

It cost the Knicks a premium price to clear Jeffries' $6.9 million contract off the 2010-11 books. But doing so all but accomplished the goal team president Donnie Walsh set out to achieve when he came to New York -- become a major player in the 2010 free-agent class, recognized by all involved as potentially the best in NBA history. By shedding Jeffries, Walsh will have only four players under contract for '10-'11 -- Eddy Curry, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Toney Douglas. The Knicks are a Curry buyout away from having the space to sign two max players. If those free agents prefer the sign-and-trade route -- which would get them more money and an extra year -- the Knicks are positioned to accommodate that as well.


Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 7:33 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

The Rockets would have been MUCH better off letting T-Mac walk and opening up cap space for next yearYeah, cuz all those high-dollar FA's are foaming at the mouth to come to the Rockets.

I think Daryl Morey saw the writing on the wall (that LeBron and D-Wade aren't walking through that door, and we don't need that bum Stoudemire or the inimitable Chris Bosh) and went part-way in for this year and all-in for next year.  Yao, Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, Shane Battier, Luis Scola...not the worst starting 5 in the league.  Certainly not the best, I admit, but that's a very competitive starting lineup.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 7:31 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

I didn't expect Sacramento to join in.  Why would they think of giving up Kevin Martin?  He was their franchise playerBecause Tyreke Evans is actually their franchise player?  Because Martin is a nice scorer but a defensive liability?  Houston's gonna be hurting like the Bulls were in the past with Martin and Brooks trying to play defense against bigger guards.  But their defensive philosophy is always sound, so they might do a better job of covering the deficiencies - especially if Yao comes back. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 7:28 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Plus, I forgot to mention all the draft picks the Nets have while the Knicks don't have a 1st rounder for another 3 years!  Knicks fans are all delusional

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 7:26 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

"Improving Chandler, Gallinari, Toney Douglas"...that was one of the funniest posts I've seen!

Compare that to the Nets - Harris, Lopez, Lee, Williams, Wall (hopefull)...that's a significantly better core of players that any FA would want to come to.

Think about this - which starting lineup would you want?


John Wall
Joe Johnson
Chris Bosh


Toney Douglas
Joe Johnson

NOT EVEN CLOSE...Nets are significantly more attractive than the Knicks!!!

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 6:26 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

ISIAH THOMAS seriously how did he and matt millen ever get jobs

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:54 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE) are the Rockets getting so much love for this trade? They added an injury prone Martin with 36 million over three years, Jeffries who is a disaster at over 6 million and a 2012 draft pick from the Knicks. The team that should be getting praise are the Knicks. How Walsh got rid of Jeffries and that contract to open space for this off season is unreal. Great job. And Sacramento grabs Landry with a cheap contract and drops cap space. When you go back in two years and look over this trade and the Knicks are giving up the 19th pick in 2012 which may as well be zero, the trade will show it's true colors. The Rockets would have been MUCH better off letting T-Mac walk and opening up cap space for next year. Nice job Walsh, I didn't think it was possible but you have done it my friend.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:54 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

It's clear the Kings got the best deal here. They got the best young player in this trade (Carl Landry, who is better than both of the Kings starting bigs) AND a $13.8million dollar expiring contract in Larry Hughes. The Kings would have been a better team if they had traded Martin for nobody, he doesn't fit in at all. Makes perfect sense for the Sac, hats off to Geoff Petrie for beginning to turn this thing around.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:36 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Dude take it easy. Clearing 6.9 million from Jeffries and another 2.3 from Hill for the next years draft class is amazing. Hill is going to be another 6'10 power foward with limited offensive skills that is a hustle guy. It is irrelvant when he was picked he is not going to be a superstar. How Walsh got rid of Jeffries salary should automatically give him Hall of fame consideration. And you don't want Wade?...This shows you really have no clue what you are talking about. The guy is a class act and a superstar on every level and you don't want him but you want to build your team around Hill and draft picks? Buddy, stick to curling or something cause this trade was a masterpiece.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:27 pm

Best of luck, Knicks Fans

Being a lowly Timberwolves fan, I've grown to accept incompetance from team leadership, but this move seems to be beyond what even Kevin Mchale could pull off.

The Knicks effectively traded off a bad contract and their two virtually unprotected draft choices in 2011 and 2012.  This means they now have none of their own picks in the first round the next THREE YEARS and have the Rockets likely late-round pick in 2011.  All of this for the right to MAYBE pick up a star player via free agency.  What happens if DWade, Lebron and Bosh all elect to go elsewhere?  Lebron isn't going to give up playing with Antawn Jamison, Mo Williams, etc for a chance to play with Wilson Chandler and Eddy Curry.  They will have no draft choices and no star players to show for it.

Somehow, the Rockets managed to turn an oft-injured, former superstar and a role player into Kevin Martin and two lottery picks.  Wow.

What really frustrates me is this now kills the Timberwolves chances of screwing the Knicks over in a deal for Ricky Rubio.  Maybe we can get them to trade us their first round picks from 2013-2020 for him.

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:19 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Im happy that the knicks are actually making significant moves. Im just skepitcal about the fact that we have only 4 players under contract next year. We have enough money to sign 2 free agents max. So that leaves us with 6 players. How are we gonna fill in the gaps in our roster? And if i were lebron or dwade i would just laugh at the fact taht im going to leave my already contender team to go to this NY squad? i dont know whats going to happen, i just hope i didnt wait all this time for something devistating happen to our franchise again.


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