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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 4:00 pm  |  118 responses

Tracy McGrady to Knicks, Kevin Martin to Rockets in Three-Team Trade

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The NBA’s trade deadline is always full of surprising twists and turns, and this year is no different. Despite numerous reports that they were close, the New York Knicks did not land T-Mac; instead, McGrady is now a Sacramento King, and Kevin Martin will wear Rocket white and red.

A seven-player blockbuster trade was completed in the wee hours this morning between Houston and Sacramento, dramatically altering the look and makeup of both franchises.

The Houston Chronicle
has the details:

The Rockets completed a deal early today to move Tracy McGrady and might just have landed his successor. A person with knowledge of the deal said the Rockets sent McGrady, Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey to the Sacramento Kings for high-scoring guard Kevin Martin.

The Rockets will also receive forward Kenny Thomas (a former first-round pick of theirs), center Hilton Armstrong and point guard Sergio Rodriguez. The Rockets will send cash to the Kings but, with the swap, will also move under the luxury-tax line, a secondary goal in the trade talks. “With Yao (Ming) back next year, we think Kevin gives us a great shot,” the person with knowledge of the deal said. “This also gives us what we need this year.”

T-Mac’s journey may not be quite complete yet; there’s some belief out there that the New York deal isn’t off the table, and that McGrady’s powerful agent may also try and land him on a contender for the Playoff run (Cleveland and the Lakers are reportedly possibilities.)

As for Kevin Martin, his struggles to play alongside Tyreke Evans in Sac-Town had become a growing issue, and now that he’s reunited with his old coach Rick Adelman, Martin’s game (and the Rockets) should benefit considerably.

UPDATE: According to Y! Sports, a three-team trade between the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks has taken place. The completed trade will send McGrady and Kings point guard Sergio Rodriguez to New York. Houston lands Martin, Knicks forwards Jordan Hill and Jarred Jeffries and draft picks to the Rockets. The Kings will receive Rockets forward Carl Landry and center Joey Dorsey and Knicks guard Larry Hughes.

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  • lucas

    Good trade i think for both sides.

  • lucas

    Good trade i think for both sides.

  • boy sanchez

    T-Mac to Sacramento? NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • ber

    Martin is worth more than a has been.

  • underdog

    Carl Landry has a pretty solid season actually, so he’ll fit in good in Sacramento. But did the Rockets seriously trade an injury prone shooting guard for another injury prone shooting guard? Great improvement… But at least they don’t have to pay lux-tax.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Landry? He was such a strong player off the bench for the Rockets. At least in Sacramento he might have the possibility to start and play more minutes.

    Be interesting to see how McGrady is playing more minutes. He could be a surprise as he really needs to prove his worth this half of the season to land a decent contract when he’s a free agent this summer.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    This is a good trade, I think… Dorsey and Landry will be great in Sacremento, and Kevin Martin will fill a big void in Houston.
    McGrady will be bought out and go to whatever team he chooses.

  • http://www.twitter.com/NotebookNick NotebookNick

    Wow. I’m a fan of this deal for both sides. Too bad Houston had to give up Landry, he was playing really well for them.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    I am stoked on Landry being a King. It gives the Kings cap space this summer as well. T-Mac…I hope we trade him by this afternoon.

  • SonicProof

    landry is going to be a beast in sac town

  • BackInBlack

    why would they give away landry

  • http://elchinas.wordpress.com El Chinas.

    H-Town will miss Landry, seriously. His athletic abilities and energy complements a healthy Yao and Scola perfect. Not liking the trade so much.

  • Hangtime Hec

    If the kings buy him out. Screw the lakers and cavs, south beach is waiting.

  • Hussman25

    Great deal for both teams… Reek is clearly the man now in Sac and they are about to build around him. Wish it would have worked with him and Kevin tho… Even without Yao next year, the Rockets are getting younger and more athletic! If I was Yao, my rehab would be going up a notch…

  • T-Money

    Everybody should be happy with this. The Rockets had an abundance of tough undersized big men and K-Mart didn’t fit with the Kings anymore. Look out for Landry to get 20 a game right off the bat.

  • mikeyv

    did not see coming at all but really good fit for tmac

  • Ronald

    Sandy Dover knew this was going to happen! /sarcasm

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    LOL @ Ronald…yeah sandova had some whack ideas yesterday.

  • AL29

    If the Kings don’t make the playoffs this year, it’s on T-Mac’s shoulders.

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    I really don’t wanna see yao in a rockets uni next year. Trade him to nawlins for meka!!!

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    Or trade yao to NY for lee & curry

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    Or trade yao to GS for biedrins and/or turiaf

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    Or yao to MIA for JO and/or haslem

  • Ronald

    I love this trade though. As much as I like Landry, I don’t think he has starter potential. He isn’t consistent enough and when we get Yao back its going to be tough to crack the rotation with the bigs the Rockets have. Scola/Yao Andersen/Hayes. It’s definately not Duncan/Robinson but that’s a pretty good front line with good scoring/shooting wings.

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    Or yao to min for love or al jeff or even hollins!

  • Ronald

    And in relation to K-Mart’s injuries, they are what I feel to be “safe” injuries. Nothing vital i.e knee/back.

  • The D Train

    Cleveland seems to be collecting aging (former) stars and role players to surround Lebron, so McGrady should be donning the wine-and-gold pretty soon

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    I don’t see what’s the point of having a dominant player for 50-60 games a year. I would prefer a dude who will put his heart out on every play for every game. Not sayin yao won’t, but dude is out too much. If he wouldn’t have got injured, maybe hou picks up a chip

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    When Kings fans realize that Landry rebounds like a two guard and plays little to no defense, they won’t be so stoked. He’s David West without a jumpshot and with better post moves.
    I expect Ariza to benefit from Kevin Martin being with the Rockets, but I wonder how Martin and Aaron Brooks will co-exist since Brooks is a shoot first guard.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    I cant wait to see Brockman and Landry on the court at the same time. The Kings are going to be a tough team…not in terms of tough to beat but literally tough, as in, they will hurt you.

  • Ronald

    RoG23 if Yao wasn’t in Houston the last few years they wouldn’t have made the playoffs. Remember a few years back in the playoffs where everyone blamed T-Mac for losing in the 1st round? Tmac and Yao made up for a staggering 50% of the points. And DONT remotely question Yao’s heart. If you actually watched the playoffs last year you would have realized how much heart Yao has.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    @ allenp: Landry doesn’t rebound like a two guard. The guy is a beast down low. The martin and brooks pairing in the backcourt is a legit concern but landry can play for any team and contribute immediately.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    @ ronald: Yao is injury prone and every year he’s a disappointment. He’s unable to play everytime they really need him. Not saying it’s his fault but he reminds me a lot of bobby jackson. B-Jax was always injured and it was frustrating. I bet next year yao gets hurt again and people will just scratch their heads and give him another pass. They always let him off the hook because he’s popular and a genuinely nice guy. Just wish he could really show us what he’s made of.

  • mems

    @CB 34

    ummm yea, he does rebound like a 2 guard. 5.5 Rpg is TERRIBLE for a PF, even one off the bench that plays almost 30 mins a game.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    I think Landry was about to grow into a better rebounder and then he broke three teeth in Nowitzkis arm…hasnt been the same since. He is tough as nails though.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    @ mems: The guy is undersized but he brings toughness and the guy doesn’t commit many mistakes. he comes to play every night. Would you rather have him playing the 4 down the stretch or thompson?

  • RV

    Landry IS a poor rebounder for his position/role. And there’s talk of a 3 way still going down, with Hill going to the rockets to fill the void left by landry..

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Also, I was looking at other Rockets rebounding numbers…doesnt look like any of them get many…its a by committee thing?…just like the scoring has been? Through the first part of december Landry almost had 20 and 10 averages and is in the discussion for sixth man. I think we Kings fans will like him just fine.

  • Ronald

    About Landry, he’s actually a very polished low post player, but he isn’t very good at defensive rebounds. However, he does grab a good amount of o-boards.

  • Hangtime Hec

    AlbertBarr, missed a perfect shot at a pun. So let me fix that. “You know he hasn’t been the same since. He is…. hard, tough rugged like teeth! Actually thats more of a pun/reference to EPMDs Rampage. Eh, my bad?

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    @CB34 – I want Jason Thompson on the court in terms of physical ability…if we are talking about basketball IQ. then I suppose I would choose Landry. Hopefully Jason keeps working and matures as a player, he could be really good if he figures out how to put it all together.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Landry…he’ll guard you so tough he’ll knock his own teeth out. Eh, how’s that Hangtime?

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    And where Landry has missing teeth, Jason has vampire teeth…might give Jason the edge.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Last week, McGrady says he just wants to play basketball. This week, McGrady wants to be bought out of his contract so he can sign with a contender. Dude needs to retire.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Ronald is right about Landry’s rebounding. He is a “ball-seeking” rebounder, not a “position” rebounder. Therefore, he steals a lot of offensive boards, but isn’t consistent about boxing out and getting defensive boards. He is a high energy defender but sometimes takes bad angles, hence Adelman trusting both Hayes and Scola over him defensively against low-post bigs. He is a VERY gifted scorer one on one in the low post, but struggles with double teams. Most importantly, he has INCREDIBLE heart–Sacto folks will learn to love him as I have as a Houstonian. Bittersweet trade for houston folks.

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    I would really like to see McGrady finish this season out with SAC. Freaking play already..

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    If Martin can stay healthy, i love this trade…but that’s a big IF. I have only seen limited minutes from rodriuguez–seems like a slick-handling pass first gaurd–any Sato/portland people have any more info on him?

  • mems

    @CB34, oh i would rather how landry down the stretch without a doubt, dude is a beast in the 4th quarter. im just a rockets fan trying to make myself feel better after losing one of my favorite players lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rodriguez will be back to pouting because he’s ot getting minutes over Lowry and Brooks, and when thathappened to him in Portland he pouted big time.
    Landry is a very good scorer, as is David West. But, it gets real tiresome when your power forward can’t consisently rebound. Amare anyone?

  • http://www.Slamonline.com jfree

    i like this trade alot.. i have been a kings fan for many years now and its a breathe of fresh air.. finally some leadership from an older player!!

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    @ nick: Sergio is a very good point and has a pass first mentality. He’s more than legit. It’s a good trade but kevin like yao will only play 50 games a year so i’m not sure how that’ll work. Martin will try to get his, hope he doesn’t ruin the team chemistry in houston.

  • Farman

    Now does this make the starting backcourt of Brooks and Martin the skinniest duo of all time?

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    Just in: Tyrus is now officially a bobcat for flip, acie law and a draft pick. Charlotte’s gonna make some noise in the playoffs.

  • Rikson

    A last goodbye to your minutes Jason thompson… Too bad – I like this kid…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    It’s now reported that TMac is going to the Knicks for Larry Hughes and the Knicks also get Sergio Rodriguez.

  • RV

    No, it’s a 3 way deal…houston get’s hill afterall and rights to switch picks with NY…Morey does it again

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    annnd the rockets get option to flip picks with NY in 2011 and gets NY’s 2012 pick! Morey strikes again!

  • mems

    the rockets just r**ed the knicks and kings. martin, hill, jeffries and the knicks 2011 and 2012 picks for mcgrady to new york and landry to sac.

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    @ronald, i never questioned yaos heart. i am a fan of his. i respect him and like his game. he never complains. if he could play 70-80 games a year, i would not have a problem. but he is always out. he is the best center in the L when healthy.

  • RV

    its ridiculous, morey basically traded hughes for martin, without ever taking on hughes to begin with..

  • mems

    wow the rockets just r*ped sac town and the knicks good lord i LOVE this trade now

  • Robb

    This info is not accurate. Knicks did land TWhack

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Morey worked some voodoo. I know the Knicks liked Tmac, but they must have also been pretty sweet on Sergio (who, admitedly, would kill playing d’antoni ball) in order to give up hill AND draft picks. Of course, us taking on Jared Jeffries’ Contract of Doom probably helped too…

  • tavoris

    @rikson-Jason Thompson is definitely not gonna lose minutes. Spencer Hawes-now that’s a different story.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Update this already.

  • Hussman25

    Deal is clearly a rental ON THE Knicks behalf; if he works out, the Knicks could always bring him back, but not @ the money he was used 2…. Or this is what it is; a move to bring some exciement to the Garden (since there has been none there all season). Sergio is a nice PG and could help… Love what Sacramento and Houston is doing! Landry will help in Sac and Kevin and Ariza 2GETHER are young and talented!

  • Jose

    you split up the 2 headed beast of Carluis Scolandry…wat the duece man!

  • Hangtime Hec

    I know where the knicks are going to get knew players. And it is NOT the draft. They are going to be in rebuilding purgatory for a while.

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    Tavoris: I’d take Hawes over Thompson any day of the week, but out of curiosity, why do you choose Thompson over Hawes?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY TRADE CARL LANDRY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    To other sad rockets fans: We will all miss Landry, but he’s likely near his peak and his trade value has never been higher. While we need landry for this year, the return of arguably the L’s best low post big in Yao next year makes him far less valuable. Anyone who has watched the rockets knows that we need a 2 who can handle and score, and Martin fits that role (and Rick’s system) perfectly, and is an AWESOME complement to a healthy Yao.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jukai
    Hawes is a seven-footer who likes jumpshots and floats on the perimeter.
    Always a red flag for me.
    He’s not really passable on defense, is so-so on the glass. Seems to like to spectate during games. Yeah, the jumper is nice, and he’s fairly fluid, but he doesn’t work for me as a big man.
    Thompson is 6-10, active on offense and defense, and spent his entire rookie year playing small forward without embarassing himself. He’s not as skilled as Hawes, but his upside is better, and his motor is already better. I like Thompson a lot.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    That’s without even mentioning Hill (a top 10 pick), and switch rights in 2011 and a protected 2012 pick. While Landry is a sentimental favorite of myself and many other Rockets fans (i was at his breakout game against the grizz 3 years ago, and was an instant fan), i can’t help but be excited about this, taking the long view.

  • SonicProof

    jay thompson was beasting the first half of this season, what the hell happened?

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    Allenp: There’s some areas which I disagree with you on, mostly Hawes’ defense. Thompson is valuable because he can come out more and play more of the four spot, he’s better switching off mostly because he can guard smaller, quicker guys. But in terms of guarding guys in the post, I always found Hawes MORE than passible in terms of his post defense. And while Hawes prefers jumpers and needs to work on holding himself back, I think he’s relatively effective with his back behind the basket (I’ve seen him make a few hooks) while Thompson needs to face the basket to score.
    I guess it all comes down to what you like. I prefer Hawes, who can man-up better and have a more traditional five game (if he can stop all the jumpers) than Thompson, who while he is more versatile, is more of a finisher and has trouble against stronger opponents.
    I’ll concede that I’ve only started watching both of them closely this year (since I’ve been watching a lot of Sac games cause I love Tyreke)

  • RV

    lol, AND we get hilton armstrong afterall as well..

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Hurrah…hilton armstrong….he will fit right into Joey Dorsey’s “spot” in the rotation.

  • RV

    hilton armstrong is included too, to houston…wow

  • riggs

    ok what is up with slam and changing peoples usernames and emails?

  • TyMo

    Remind me again why T-Mac wanted to play for the Knicks

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jukai
    I agree with your assessments, on you seem to be imparting skills to Hawes that he’s loath to demonstrate. I think he has better touch in the post, but HE’S ALMOST NEVER THERE!
    Dude as a nice hook, but since he’s always floating around the perimeter you damn never see it. He’s even worse than Andrea, because at least Andrea recognizes when he has little people on him and punishes them down low. Hawes just floats, and he isn’t good putting the ball on the floor.
    He drifts too much for me man. Thompson is raw, but he’s not drifting. I hate drifters.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Hawes does have a decent passing game for a big. Havent seen too many good dishes from JT.

  • tavoris

    @Allenp-thanks 4 answering that for me.
    Hawes only averages 6 rebounds as a 7FOOTER. That should tell you all you need to know.

  • tavoris

    Oh, and only 1.5 free throws a game. That tells you that the Kings aren’t gonna be looking to him for interior scoring.Sergio Rodriguez AND Beno Udrih get to the line with greater frequency than Hawes.

    He’s a good talent, but I’m taking Thomson over Hawes 100% of the time.

  • doyouwantmore

    Mediocrity is like crack for Sacramento executives. They don’t even take bathroom breaks to hit the mediocrity-pipe when they’re in board meetings. They’re just like “Bust that sh$@ out. I need a hit.” and blaze it up right there.

  • K Hill

    Larry Hughes is the poor man’s Tyreke Evans…Kind of ironic Hughes was one person that Evans was compared to, and is now his sidekick.

  • vmcb

    Damn, I actually like this for the Knicks. Sergiooooooo!

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    doyouwantmore: How was martin not just mediocre since he came back from injury. I dont like losing Sergio but the chemistry of the team will probably be better now with Martin gone…oh, wait, Larry Hughes is coming to Sac. Never mind.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Do you want more is bitter…
    And I apologize for all the typos in my last post Jukai.
    Basically, Hawes has more skills but he doesn’t use them. Thompson has fewer skills, but more potential, and he seems inclined to reach that potential.

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    Allenp: I’ll co-sign on that. I guess it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other. I just like Hawes game more if he grew some balls, rather than Thompsons’ game if he reaches his potential.

  • Ses

    If TMAC works out in NY, then it would be a great Bargaining Chip to Lure LBJ, too bad Cleveland is not lettin King James go that easily. LBJ Stays in Cleveland and TMac doesnt play for more then half a season!!! (Best case senario for him!)

  • BackInBlack

    i’m pretty sure that t mac is a knick

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Kings have a future All-Star in Carl Landry. Allenp has obviously not watched him play much.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Carl Landry is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league. And saying he rebounds like a shooting guard is absolutely ridiculous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    This was a good trade for the Knicks they can still make the playoffs and I hope T-Mac drops 25,5 and 5 in his first game and proves everyone wrong cant wait to see T-Mac play for D’Antoni and the good thing is T-Mac wont be asking for 22 mill next year and the Knicks might be able to get Bosh or Wade to come there because T-Mac is on the Knicks and if T-Mac plays well one of those 2 is going to the Knicks for sure and LeBron aint going no where because the Cavs are going to the ECF and it would be extremely stupid to leave a team that goes there every year.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    worst. trade. ever.

  • LA Huey

    Wow. Knicks & Kings fans, how does Morey’s @$$ taste?

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    I dont see how this is bad for the kings. Please, someone enlighten me.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    i like it for sacto and houston, landry for martin. knicks hit a home run cause without jefries they have 30 MIL TO TROW AT 2 STARS, BUT those draft picks can come back to bite them…hope not though!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    AlbertBarr – you get Larry Hughes.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    touche Hursty, touche.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    But…we do get Landry, and we needed a low-post scorer.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    Poor T-Mac. I hope he gets bought out so he can go to a contender. The Knicks dont even want him as a player. :(

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    and Larry’s contract is up this summer.

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    Larry hughes isn’t as bad as you all make him out to be. He’s okay as a player. He’s a lot better than chris duhon. Maybe a change of scenery is needed. He’s a disappointment yes but he’s not terrible as all of you say he is.

  • al

    Sergio will succeed in NY

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Sergio will cry in NY

  • http://www.behindtheb.blogspot.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Over all I feel this is a good trade and all 3 teams will benefit.

  • tavoris

    @teddy-Landry IS a great offensive rebounder. However, there are 106 players (21 guards) in the league who grab more defensive rebounds than he does.

  • mems

    @Teddy-the-Bear: yea he’s a decent offensive rebounder but he’s a terrible defensive reboudner and player. his defense is almost non-existant except for the occasional big block. future all-star is a huuuuuuge stretch, especially since he wasn’t even the best player, or even forward on the rocekts.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m a little sad to see Landry go. He’s been my favorite player on the Rockets with Yao out. I think I speak for every Rockets fan when I say: Tanks for the memories Carl, and good luck with your new team!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    *Thanks, not tanks.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    all three teams traded hard.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    HATERS: It’s halftime and McGrady has 19 points. I haven’t been this excited while watching StatTracker in a long time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/candice2sweet candice

    was he honestly not happy in houston..its funny how he was so hurt in houston&now he just fine.if he wasnt happy he should’ve demanded a trade&not hurt is true fans like he did..i watched mcgrady ever since he got drafted by toronto&was with carter…then when he went to magic with miller ..i was still behind him..when he got traded to houston i was like great..but he showed no effort to his true fans..hope the best for him!

  • onions baby onions

    i guess the fake injury thing runs in the family

  • ThatGuy

    T Mac Is owning to bad the thunder won i wonder if this will last

  • ThatGuy

    I also hopes that this sent Hawes to the bench

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