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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: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:30 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

What happens if this is the outcome after the year?  Bosh joins Wade in Miami, Lebron stays in Cleveland after winning the championship this year, and Joe Johnson signs with the Bulls.  Amar'e decides he'll make more money by taking his $17 mil. option.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:29 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

you do realize his contract expires this offseason right???

so he will in NO WAY effect the free agents coming in next season...

the Knicks only picked him up to clear cap room for next season, he doesnt fit into their plan at all, they gained another contract coming off the books and got rid of a few that will tie up cap space, great move for the knicks and their pursuit of two big stars next season

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:28 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

true, draft picks are worthless if you don't draft well. The problem for the Knicks is they only have 4 players under contract for next year and 1 of them (Eddy Curry) is likely to be bought out. If you are giving out 2 max contracts, what will they have leftover to sign the rest of their roster? These draft picks, while admittedly a crap shoot, represent the potential to fill out your roster at a below market value rate. More importantly, why would LeBron or any worthwhile FA want to come to a Knicks team of Gallinari, Chandler and Douglas plus a bunch of minimum contracts. True, you might be able to score a quality vet or two who might sign below market to get a chance to play with LeBron or some other superstar, but at this point it looks like it would be a huge gamble for anyone to sign with the Knicks, let alone someone capable of saving this sorry franchise. I'm thinking about becoming a Nets fan. With Harris, Lopez, Lee, CDR and whomever they get with their likely 1st lottery pick (ie: Wall), plus plenty of cap space, they could be in an even stronger position than the Knicks despite their terrible team this year.

Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:24 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

This wasn't a surprising move.  I knew the Knicks would be involved in the T-Mac trade, but I didn't expect Sacramento to join in.  Why would they think of giving up Kevin Martin?  He was their franchise player.  He averaged over 20 points a game the past three years and he averages almost 20 this year.  Rodriguez getting traded was going to happen, or they would end up letting him go after his contract expires.  He wasn't a good player.
     This means the Knicks are the front runners for the 2010 free-agent market.  Who are they going to sign?  I don't see them siging LeBron because he's staying in Cleveland.  I think Wade's going to stay in Miami because they got a lot of young talent on that team that can erupt at any minute.  I see them signing either Bosh or Boozer for a low-post presence they have been looking for and Johnson to give them a high-scoring threat.  That would be a scary duo.  Bosh low high Johnson high.  I don't want that in the Atlantic.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:21 pm

Wow Houston got a lot for TMac!!

Winner:  At the end of the day the Rockets get Kevin Martin, Jordan Hill and a future first from the Knicks who will continue to be terrible.  I like Hill, and cannot understand why they never played him in New York.  Hopefully Yao can stay healthy and the Rockets can be serious contenders in the West. 

Loser:  They get Landry a career sixth man, while they already have Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes and Omri Cassipi.  Dorsey will be 3rd string PF at best, and for their best player the past 3 years they get Hughes.  Unless they're able to sign a top 10 free agent summer, I don't understand this trade for the Kings.

As for the Knicks, this trade was only done for McGrady's contract.  What do they do now with Wilson Chandler.  Their one bright spot this year Gallinari will have to split time with McGrady if he plays.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:19 pm

Can you just feel the love on this board or what?

Can you just feel the love on this board or what?  Why is it that there are so many, hateful, spiteful, mean spirited people posting on sports bulletin boards.  Is sports doing it to you, or does sports just attract people with anger issues?  Think Karma, people!  What you send out into the universe will come back on you ten fold.  Thus the saying, "what goes around, comes around."  Geez, it is getting so CBS should provide psychological and emotional counseling for their readers.  Have a really great day, all.  Remember, you either CHOOSE to be happy or you CHOOSE to be miserable.  Good luck with your choices.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:14 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

Wake up.  Draft picks are a crap shoot.  Every once in a while there is a cant miss prospect.  I'd much rather have Bosh and Johnson than a mix of rookies and sophs.  Draft picks are overrated unless you can land Lebron or Kobe.  Thats it.  Walsh at least has a plan. The plan is to have 2 max contracts available.  Bosh and Wade, Bosh and Johnson, Wade and Johnson or Lebron and anyone is a much better plan than a couple maybe in the draft.  Get over draft picks!

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:10 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

I agree with alot you say the problem besides giving away our picks constantly like this years in the Marbury deal is that we are clearing all this out for a chance at nothing Lebron isn't coming, Wade isn't the answer he has maybe 2 good years left on that body even earl the pearl said it yesterday on the radio of course said one year more i give it two,Bosh really jkust isn't anything spectacular i'd rather have Lee or kept Hill he's the same exact player as Bosh cheaper and no miles on the body I watched every game he played at AZ and he will be the exact same player as Bosh trust me,so Joe Johnson is going to be our saviour????

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:06 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

the protection on the picks is 1st pick overall in 2011 and top five in 2012 Daryl Morey is amazing

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:06 pm

T-Mac to Knicks (UPDATE)

T-Mac is a great player and the Knicks would be smart to give him a chance.  Houston needed a scorer and Kevin Martin will fill the bill, although I think they will be too small at the guard positions--Jeffries (if I have it right) will help with their team defense a lot; they may even get back into the playoff hunt after this deal.  The Kings get a real nice front-court player in Carl Landry.
I like this deal a lot for all its participants.  I have only one question:  who's left to turn out the lights for the Wizards? 

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