Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:22 pm

Rockets courting Kings for three-way McGrady move

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

As talks with the New York Knicks stalled on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets quietly recruited the Sacramento Kings as part of a three-team trade discussion that would deliver Tracy McGrady to the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The proposed deal was contingent on John Salmons staying with the Bulls, but that appeared in doubt with the Milwaukee Bucks expecting to complete their own trade for Salmons.

In the proposed trade, the Rockets would get Kenny Thomas, Andres Nocioni, Beno Udrith and a Kings’ protected No. 1 draft pick. Sacramento would acquire Tyrus Thomas, Brad Miller and Salmons from the Bulls.

Posted on: February 17, 2010 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2010 5:32 pm

Nate Robinson to Boston? (Updated)

has confirmed that the Knicks and Celtics are in talks that would send point guard Nate Robinson to Boston in exchange for shooting guard Eddie House.

Robinson won his third Slam Dunk Contest on February 13.

Check out Ken Berger's Blog for more...
Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:52 am

Many teams show interest in Bulls' Thomas

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : The New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets are among the multiple teams who’ve spoken to Chicago about (Tyrus) Thomas. The Bulls are telling people that they have several teams willing to offer first-round picks – in 2010 or beyond.

Bulls management is telling teams they expect to take the bidding right to the Feb. 18 deadline. The Bulls want to avoid the possibility of Thomas accepting a $6.2 million qualifying offer on the eve of this summer’s free agency, which would deliver a major dent to their salary-cap space. Thomas, 23, will be a restricted free agent this summer.

The Bulls are desperate to recruit Miami’s Dwyane Wade back to his hometown, but one source familiar with Wade’s thinking says he’s ”far less” inclined to bolt Miami unless Chicago has the ability to sign a ”significant” free agent to join him.

Posted on: February 10, 2010 9:57 am
Edited on: February 10, 2010 9:57 am

Three-team deal in the works?

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
: The Houston Rockets are in the discussion stages of a complicated, three-team trade that would send Tracy McGrady to the New York Knicks, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The centerpieces of the trade would include the Washington Wizards shipping forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood to the Rockets. The Knicks would send Al Harrington to the Wizards. For the Wizards’ part, they would still need another player, as well as a draft pick and cash to make this a workable scenario, sources said.

Other players and contracts would still need to be agreed upon for a deal to come together, but there is a framework to the discussions.


Posted on: February 9, 2010 10:38 am

Can Camby get an encore?

By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com
: Team executives differ widely in their assessment Marcus Camby’s availability, with some convinced Camby’s gone and others equally convinced he’s going nowhere. The truth is somewhere in between. A person familiar with the Clippers’ internal discussions said the team would move Camby and his $7.65 million contract only in a deal that would yield a significant player who could help them next season – or the cap space to sign one.

The Clips are a small deal away from clearing the $15-$16 million necessary to sign a max player. If they can’t improve their 2010-11 position dramatically, Camby stays. Two of Camby’s former teams, the Nuggets and Knicks, are intrigued by the possibility of bringing him back for an encore.

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Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:21 am

Celtics could deal Ray Allen to get younger

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : The Celtics have initiated trade proposals on (Ray) Allen, multiple league sources say, and Boston is searching for a younger, less expensive guard and an expiring contract. This way they can find a replacement for the 34-year-old Allen without losing him and his $20 million expiring contract for nothing in free agency this summer. Only, there isn’t a shooting guard available who’s Allen’s peer. This threatens a perilous choice between transitioning for the future and refusing to compromise a chance to win a title now.

Allen is privately resigned to the fact that it’s unlikely the Celtics will want to re-sign him this summer. He’s believed to be intrigued with the possibility of joining the Miami Heat or staying close to his Connecticut home and signing with the New York Knicks. Nevertheless, Allen wants to stay a Celtic and that’s never wavered. Yet the sheer economics make it improbable unless he’s willing to cost himself several million dollars next year.

Yes, Allen would be difficult to replace for this season, but the Celtics can overcome that easier than (Kevin) Garnett gimping around the floor as a shell of his old self. He’s been in the NBA 15 seasons and played more than 40,000 minutes. He’s an old 33.

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Posted on: January 20, 2010 11:32 am

Celtics made offer for Nate Robinson

By Brian Robb, CelticsHub.com : The trade rumors swirling around Nate Robinson had appeared to calm down in recent weeks, but Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports has reported today during an interview with Tanguay and Zolak on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston , that he has knowledge that the C’s have made an offer to the Knicks for the ever controversial guard.

Speculation has been in place since the end of last December that the Knicks were looking to trade the disgruntled guard. After being benched for a month, Robinson has been worked back into the rotation in New York though, returning with a bang after a 42 point effort in Atlanta on New Year’s Day. The Knicks have continued to play fairly well since Robinson’s return to the lineup going 5-4 over that time span, while remaining just 2 games out of the 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.

With Mike D’Antoni pining to win now, and Robinson’s offensive contributions off the bench continuing to be a positive for an improved Knicks team, (16 points, 3 boards and 3 assists a game with 50 percent shooting during the past month) it’s evident that New York will no longer be willing to just give Robinson away unless they are able to send Jared Jeffries over with him.

Posted on: January 19, 2010 11:29 am

Hughes buy-out still a possibility for Knicks

By Frank Isola, NY Daily News.com : Larry Hughes has expressed frustration over his limited role, calling it a "joke" following Saturday's loss in Detroit when Hughes played just nine minutes in the second quarter and didn't return.

Earlier this season, Hughes met with Knicks official to discuss the possibility of a buy-out. However, Hughes eventually worked his way back into the rotation and any discussions of a divorce ended.

But the Knicks and Hughes could be headed down that road, especially if Hughes continues to speak openly about not playing.

"There's frustration," Hughes said. "There's no anger. I'm just frustrated. There's no other way to put it. I want to be out there playing and helping the team win.

"I don't want it to look like I'm complaining. He's the coach of the team. It's his decision to put guys in the game and to take guys out. If my time comes again I'll be happy. But if not I'll just continue to do what I've been doing. But at the same time I'll still be frustrated because I want to play basketball."

As Hughes spoke to reporters before the Knicks win over Detroit, he was being monitored by three media relations employees. That type of paranoia was once the exclusive property of Latrell Sprewell and later Stephon Marbury when they played in New York.

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