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 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:10 pm

Cavaliers dominating Stoudemire trade rumors

By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

Right now, multiple sources have said, the Cavs are still working hard to assemble three-team trades. They have been in direct talks with the Phoenix Suns about Amare Stoudemire, the Indiana Pacers about Troy Murphy and the Washington Wizards about Antawn Jamison.

But they also are involving the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers in trying to set things up. In recent weeks the Cavs have also had expanded talks with the Chicago Bulls about making them a partner. If that seems like a wide net, it is supposed to be.

There's often such expansive talks at this time as teams attempt to satisfy numerous needs with bigger deals. Usually, though, if anything gets done it is just between two teams. General Manager Danny Ferry did pull off a three-team deal at the deadline two years ago, however.

Sources have indicated the Cavs have gotten "pretty far down the tracks" in talking to the Suns about Stoudemire. It has even gotten to the point that the sides have discussed small details like payment schedules and salary reimbursement options. At this time of year, because many contracts are pro-rated differently, there are such things to work out in a trade.


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 5, 2010 11:54 am

Kings not interested in moving Martin

By Sam Amick, The Sacramento Bee : League sources say the Kings continue to tell inquiring teams that they have no interest in moving (Kevin) Martin, especially in scenarios intended solely to create salary cap space by freeing them of his contract (three seasons and a combined $34.6 million remaining beyond this season). Houston is among those teams recently informed of that fact, with that possibility set to include Tracy McGrady and his expiring contract ($22.5 million) if talks had progressed.

They didn't, of course, but the chatter remains because of the chaotic context surrounding Martin and the team. Not only are the Kings losing, but Martin has struggled while failing to provide the lift Westphal and his staff hoped for upon his return.

Since he came back Jan. 15 from left wrist surgery, he is shooting 36.4 percent overall and 34.5 percent from three-point range in 11 games while averaging 17.2 points.

Category: NBA
Posted on: January 28, 2010 12:16 pm

T-Mac trade to Philly must include Iguodala

By Kate Fagan, The Philadelphia Inquirer : With the NBA's Feb. 18 trade deadline approaching, the rumors have been circulating around 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala.

A source close to the situation has confirmed that the Houston Rockets, owners of Tracy McGrady's expiring $23 million contract, will only discuss a possible deal with the Sixers if it involves Iguodala.

After this season, Iguodala has more than $56 million remaining on his contract, including three more seasons - and a player option for a fourth.

Iguodala once was thought to be the centerpiece of a young Sixers nucleus. Now his situation mirrors that of the rest of the roster: The team is willing to negotiate about the former untouchable.

Before last night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Iguodala said: "Nothing is a surprise when you're 15-29."

Posted on: January 11, 2010 12:37 pm

Rockets would want Hill or Douglas in T-Mac trade

By Marc Berman, New York Post : According to the source, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is eager to get either rookie, Jordan Hill or Toney Douglas, in a Tracy McGrady deal. Neither Hill and Douglas is in the rotation and may not get in this season. Hill and Douglas are behind undrafted rookie Marcus Landry.

Still, the Knicks are pushing Jared Jeffries in a package in their attempt to also clear more 2010 cap space. Morey, too, is trying to clear cap room and has told the Knicks he's not interested in Jeffries. In fact, according to the source, the Rockets don't think Al Harrington would crack Houston's rotation.

Morey said he believes a deal for McGrady's $23 million expiring contract will occur, but not until the Feb. 19 trading deadline. McGrady is in Chicago training.

"I think there's a deal to be done, probably at the deadline," Morey said. "Teams don't generally move early, especially on one this big. I think there's enough interest from enough teams who either like McGrady or are looking to save money."

Posted on: January 4, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2010 5:32 pm

Rockets: No players are 'untouchable'

By Chris Fedor, SportsRadioInterviews.com
: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey discussed a variety of topics on KILT in Houston with Marc and John, including Houston's efforts to trade Tracy McGrady and the status of their current roster.

Among Morey's comments:

“I think right now we don’t have anybody untouchable.  I think if a deal helps us and makes the team better overall, I agree with you that those players are great players and we like all the players on our roster, but in my job it would be a mistake to not consider everything.  If we can add something…and right now it’s going to be harder to deal because we feel like we are a pretty good team, so to upgrade it’s going to take fairly significant talent coming back this way.  If it presents itself we’ll do it.  If not we are very comfortable with the players we have.”


Category: NBA
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:59 pm

Bulls eyeing T-Mac?

By Mike McGraw, Daily Herald : The 6-foot-8 swingman is the NBA's highest-paid player at $23.2 million, but Tracy McGrady's contract ends after the season. A trade with the Bulls would almost have to include the expiring contracts of Brad Miller and Jerome James.

The Bulls might also be interested in moving John Salmons to guarantee a larger amount of cap space next summer. He's owed $6.5 million next season but has an option to terminate the deal and become a free agent.

Without Salmons on the payroll, the Bulls could have more than $20 million to spend on the 2010 free-agent class.

McGrady had microfracture knee surgery in February. He returned to play briefly in six games for the Rockets, then complained about wanting a larger role and left the team.

Last season he averaged 15.6 points in 35 games. Before that he averaged at least 21 points for eight straight years.

"Whoever gets me is going to get a hungry player," McGrady said recently in the Houston Chronicle. "I don't care if I go to the moon. It doesn't matter."

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