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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: May 21, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:34 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

 I am a knick fan and i agree with some of your points...but u think lebron really gonna throw away that good nike/gatorade/ any other big money if he comes to NY..Please believe we will be geting Lebron....i def dont want bosh(he's weak)...and joe johnson not built for this city...Knicks starting lineup next year

would be cool to see but as long as the knicks give me a reason to go to a game and actually watch them "compete" is cool for

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:32 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Your an idiot if you think the Knicks bringing in Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson would be a bad thing. Joe Johnson first broke out playing for D'Antoni and Chris Bosh would thrive in Coach D'Antoni's system. I would rather have these two guys then LeBron James. These guys are both all-stars and they havn't even met their potential yet. Chris Bosh is faster then most guards in the NBA and Joe Johnson is one of the best shooters and he is a great leader as well.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:30 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Hey, we wont be cursed after we land Lebron in the POWER OF THE DOLLAR(and im talking endorsements money) the knicks are about to be the NBA another reason for people to hate on NY feels good at times though...

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:00 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Seriously, you guys have to be kidding yourselves if you think you would get Bosh.  I'm not under any illusions that he is guaranteed to sign back with TO but there is not a single bit of evidence to suggest he would want to go to such a mismanaged organization like the Knicks.  Considering what a storied franchise the Knickerbockers are they have been a huge emabressment to the league.  They have  been a haven for criminals (Sprewell) petulant superstars (Marbury) and idiotic management (Isiah Thomas).  Those are just the first eaxmples that come to mind.  Donnie Walsh can clear all the cap room he wants.  My money says when it comes down to him being forced to spend it that he won't be getting LBJ, Bosh or Wade. 

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:57 pm
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Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:50 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

it sounds like apples to oranges deal here. good news: you get rid of jeffries, hill, hughes and robinson here plus you're getting two max players including LBJ. bad news:t-mac isn't the same dominating player four years ago. plus the draft picks play in the role here. david lee isn't coming back. and curry still a knick with that massive contact of his. the knicks may be going to the playoffs next year, but once again, they'll fall short of winning the elusive, NBA title. 

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:48 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

2010 free agents would be fools to go to New York. That franchise is cursed. 

Slow down, the knicks are harldy cursed, I guess you being from Chicago know a little something about being cursed. Who wouldn't want to play in the Mecca; which is the garden. Lebron and Bosh, will be a Knick! You can put a bunch of D league players around those two, and they're a top 5 team.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:47 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Joe Johnson and Bosh? As a knicks fan sign me up right now.. Thats atleast a 4-seed.. 

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:38 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

This is exactly my point ! Why we'd want Bosh or Amare I don't get anyway check the numbers Lee's are better and he's a few years younger Johnson is always hurt and I wouldn't give max money to ,Wade has a few good years left and the body won't be able to take anymore and would resign with Miami or his hometown Bulls before us anyway and Lebron just isn't coming,So what do we have to look forward to ? 

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:35 pm

T-Mac to Knicks

This should have happend weeks ago, but since it didn't i think it gave t-mac more time to heel and he should be a great fit and player in the knicks system.  If he proves himself and is willing to sign a smaller contract he could stay in NY along with them signing 2 max players.  This would make them more dangerous than any team in the east.  Either way i'm happy he's back.  He's been on my fantasy team wasting away all year!!

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