Latest News, NBA / Jun 16, 2009 / 2:51 pm

NBA Trade Rumor: Tracy McGrady to the Knicks

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This isn’t going to fly as an alternative to LeBron for the New York faithful. But there’s a chance that the Knicks – who are always assumed to be willing to exceed the luxury tax – would like to bring in Tracy McGrady as a one-year mercenary. It would sell some tickets, some jerseys, and would possibly keep the Garden entertained while waiting for 2010.

That would work out best for both the Knicks and McGrady, who has a year to prove that he’s worth a monster deal when he becomes a free agent along with the rest of the world in 2010. He’d have the spotlight on him in New York, where he could show the rest of the League that he’s still a viable 24-point per game scorer.

The Knicks could put together a package that would save the Rockets some money and include a veteran shooting guard with an expiring contract — Larry Hughes ($13.6M) — along with Cuttino Mobley‘s 80-percent insured $9.5M deal. Mobley could then officially retire with the team that drafted him (and originally knew about his heart condition). Call it full circle.

There are some issues with that scenario, though. First of all, Mobley retired in December. Even if he magically unretired and made himself available for a trade back to the squad that drafted him originally, there’s a rule explicitly prohibiting the trade of an injured/sick player.

But even if there were some scenario in which these two teams could work out a deal, principally sending McGrady for Hughes, would it be a good move for New York?

Source: Newsday

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  • Lloyd Christmas

    “I like it a lot”

  • kevin

    First!!!!!! I think it would be a good deal for NY but not for houston. Htown could make another run at it n they are bound to be healthy at lwast for a year(see 09 nuggets)

  • dmitry of jersey

    i would not trade for mcgrady , ever.

    anyone in the tri-state area who watched a decent chunk of Knicks games can tell you that they are plenty exciting without T-Mac. and it’s kinda insulting to NYK fans to assume they would get excited about an injured-as-hell-coming-off-microfracture-surgery T-Mac. come on now…

  • isotope

    TMac is going to be a man on a mission next season. He has a chip on his shoulder and many trying to guard him will pay. If I were Houston I would make the trade only if it included a draft pick.

  • Buffalo Brave

    I like it if the knicks are as committed as they seem to trading away any and all talent they have in the name of shedding salary to sign nobody in 2010.

    Or if McGrady is gonna sign a deal for significantly less than the $20 per he’s been getting.

    I cant see any team or scenario where he would get more than 10-15 on his next deal, but im sure he and his agent dont see it that way.

    Dude too fucking frail i cant get with him.

  • Kru

    Trade for T-Mac, but instead of mobley’s contract give them jared jeffries. The contracts match, and make this a possible trade. They are a defensive minded team and he would fit in perfectly, also ridding the Knicks of his contract. This trade probably wouldnt fly in houston but as a Knicks fan i’d do this in a hearbeat.

    Then trade the #8 pick and David Lee plus mobleys contract for Amare Stoudemire. McGrady can keep the seat warm for Lebron or Wade, and Stoudemire is sure to entice either one of them to come.

  • Sanpitch

    @3
    don’t you mean he has a chip in his knees?

    mcgrady is a has-been.

  • Scott

    @Buffalo

    I agree, hell he’ll be REALLY lucky to get 10-15 unless he has some freakish monster year next season. He has to convince everyone he can play a full season and into the playoffs without injury if he wants anything close to 10 per.

  • JUGS

    Win-Win situation! Go do it now!!! :p

  • Kobeef

    McGrady is done. We’ve been sayingthis for at least 3 years now. McGrady even said it himself when he announced this would be his last NBA contract.

    You can talk about motivation all you want but anyone who watched him last year saw a player who’s body and heart are no longer NBA ready to be an NBA player.

    NBA teams need to stop trading for/signing names (Ben Wallace, Shaq, AI) and start trading for/signing good basketball players.

    Trevor Ariza could be had for 1/3 of T-Mac’s contract and at this point is twice the player.

  • http://www.macleem.com MACLEEM.com

    This will not go well for NYK if they acquire him. There is no guarantee that he will even be healthy for majority of the season. But then again, the knicks have a history of throwing away money (eddy curry, jerome james,, etc.)

  • blah

    good deal for both.

    worst case scenario, NYK gets a big expiring contract. Best case, they get the benefits of hosting Tmac’s comeback tour, which really would be big news in the NBA given how good he used to be and the fact that everyone’s tired of hearing about kobe/lebron.

    Houston gets rid of a monster contract. If he gets healthy they wouldn’t need him anyway since they’re better without him.

    Either way no one is giving Tmac more than the midlevel exception.

    I dunno who’s on NYk’s roster to offer, but they should get a first rounder and whatever contracts match at least.

  • Big Island

    T-Mac would kill in NY. All he has to do is run and shoot?! That’s all he’s ever wanted!

  • BRUCE

    T-Mac to NY, another 1st round exit if that!

  • Guitar Hero

    I’d love it as a Knick fan.
    One year to keep it interesting until 2010.
    Much better than Hughes and Cuttino’s ghost.

  • Gerard

    Allen Houston’s ghost

  • Big V

    As long as it doesn’t negatively impact the salary cap, I don’t see the problem. I doubt that McGrady will ever play a full season again, though.

  • craig990

    Hmmm.. As a T-Mac and Houston fan.. this is not a good trade!

    Houston should at least keep T-Mac for a while to see how good the team is with all players in place. If not, then they can try and trade him if they can get a good deal of youger players and maybe a draft pick.

    Don’t just trade the guy, even if he’s not healthy this season, yo can pay him his money and let him walk. If he has a monster year that would be great for Houston, and they can try and make a run at it one more time.

    Just Wait!

  • Prof. TX

    The Rockets don’t need more role players. If they trade McGrady for anything, it would need to be another star (preferably a scorer). That money could be used for Chris Bosh, Ben Gordon, etc. Most teams, despite what the NY media and fans believe believe, aren’t all that excited about $20M worth of Knicks in return.

  • hahns

    TMAC IS A BUM.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    If I were Houston I’d hold onto T-Mac and what see what happens as the February 2010 trade deadline comes closer. Some teams may have a need for either another shooter or big expiring deal. I think Houston can get more for T-Mac during the season when teams start to panic than they could during the summer.

  • bobby s

    he’s such a little bitch
    didn’t they get enough of that with marbury, francis, and the rest of those clowns?

  • karizmatic

    It’s a good argument but I don’t think this really pans out as a great deal.

  • http://www.nba.com smoove chips

    And this is why Knick fans are sleeping soundly tonight.This is a crazy “what if scenario”,good for convo and at the worst case makes the numbers work.

    i bet you my next paycheck Isaiah woulda signed T-mac to multiyear contract with a trade kicker and an opt-out clause.

    Ps:Tmac’s heart gave out long before his body did.
    want proof-look at this season.Wait till he has to prove himself.Coz he’ll want to.

    THEN,trade him asap.

  • upstate to Mia

    I think that this trade is perfect well get rid of some dead weight contracts. if they give up jefferys would could try and sneek in a draft pick for em as well then trade up in the draft and try and loose maybe curry(BUST) or somebody who can move well in d atonis system

  • http://aol.com knicksrock

    This would be a solid deal as long as they dont give up neither danilo or chandler or draft picks. But i think walsh is focusing on more important things like moving up in the draft and obtaining ricky rubio.

  • Bron42 aka Had Springs Before Slamball

    nah, you can’t send tmac to a bad knicks team. Thats how he started gettin hurt anyone. Having to do everything by himself on a ass magic team. And guys need to chill cuz even a 75% tmac is better than almost anyone the knicks have not named lee. I still say if hedo leaves, tmac goes back to orlando and plays second/third fiddle to dwight/jameer. Hes a better closer than hedo is since he can actually create his own shot. Won’t be injured as much since he doesn’t have to carry the team and he creates the same size issues hedo did.

    As for the injury, he should be pretty find since he got the micro pretty early this season and didn’t jump back into it like other guys did.

  • rocco

    watching mcgrady leave has to be a welcome site until larry hughes pulls up

    talk about worthless

    only guy in the league that wouldnt give up a little game to mesh with LeBron

    its all about numbers and jumper attempts with this clown

  • QQ

    Can T-Mac affect a team positively? Is that possible? Cause all I can see is him being booed mercilessly in NY as he shoots 8 straight awful jumpshots.

  • BxBaller

    Donnie get done.

  • Kryptonite Hops

    It would be like buying expired cheese at the supermarket (and knowing it)

  • hansosword

    Larry Johnson, Spreewell…Mcgrady. As long as a player loses his hops, he is welcome in NY. I’m slitting my wrists, now.

  • Nat

    Don’t forget mcdeyess…

  • http://www.protectthepaint.com protect the paint

    This is exactly what Houston needs. Ditch McGrady, whom is seldom healthy, in the decline in his career. And, a player whom cannot deliver the goods when, after the 82 games are finished (most of which he sits out, recently), loses immediately during the NBA playoffs.
    If I was the Houston GM, Nate Robinson and David Lee would have to be in the deal, and then I feel empathetic to hansosword:

    hansosword says:
    Larry Johnson, Spreewell…Mcgrady. As long as a player loses his hops, he is welcome in NY. I’m slitting my wrists, now.

  • dk

    The Knicks are in the top three for most retarded management moves, so this fits right. Tmac a mercenary, from where his bed? He doesnt even attend ten games a year does he?

  • doc

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

  • Ducky

    T-Wac is 100% garbage. His glass knees and cardboard back have set me off as a Houston fan… Trade his @$$

  • angelo borzellino

    Knicks are getting Kobe and McGrady…maybe even Nash or stoudemire..knicks didn’t dump (rose,j.James,randlolph,Crawford for no reason…bosh mite also be a possibility…all I gotta say is KNICKS fansbe ready for something exciting!!!!!!!

  • Knicks99Finals

    Gooooo knicks!! I could see Kobe and mc grady on the knicks

  • http://google Amp

    As a T Mac fan. If he stay a 100 %. He will do good anywhere. He still got it. At 100% !

  • http://google Amp

    Hang in there t mac. Only u no what u can do. Where ever u be do what u love 2 do. Play with you heart. U can’t lose!

  • http://Dimemag.com Adrian Womack

    I think Rockets need McGrady. They need to see how McGrady do in the first couple of games and see how he do first. If McGrady shows progess keep him he has one more contract left but if he don’t show any progess then get rid of him for a small forward and a center thats if was Manager i’ll GET Micheal Redd and Boget or Caron Bulter and Mcgee. If you give McGrady for anybody like Wilson Chandler who’s also have surgry Rockets giveing up alot with tought a scorer and another thing get a Center like Rasheed Wallace out the free agency since Yao Ming is also having problem. Sign Artest back maybe a four year contract. Allen Iverson can play Shooting Guard spot as well as McGrady can i’m sure Iverson don’t want to be sitting on the bench for Pistons like last year and had a back problem please read this note its good.

  • GotPUNK

    Who ever picked up big mac would be in for a surprise! please get him off our hand. Big Mac (T-mac) is what its name stand for. It’s pricey but ain’t all that good. T-mac is a man on mission to injuries.

  • Chris

    Ok T-Mac has been hurt for almost 2 years and the reason behind it is everytime he got hurt the Rockets really needed him so he would try to play through it. Now he has been wise enough to let his injuries heel and now the Rockets don’t have to rely on him like they did 2 years ago. Hes obviously still got game if the put up 10 pts in 8 minutes but the Rockets are being so stupid to not even give him a chance at more playing time. If he goes to the Knicks for Larry Hughes it will the dumbest move the Rockets will ever make. No doubt Larry Hughes is good but hes not Tracy. Tracy will come back to the player he once was but nobody believes it and that will make it that much more interesting.

  • Chris

    Ok T-Mac has been hurt for almost 2 years and the reason behind it is everytime he got hurt the Rockets really needed him so he would try to play through it. Now he has been wise enough to let his injuries heel and now the Rockets don’t have to rely on him like they did 2 years ago. Hes obviously still got game if the put up 10 pts in 8 minutes but the Rockets are being so stupid to not even give him a chance at more playing time. If he goes to the Knicks for Larry Hughes it will the dumbest move the Rockets will ever make. No doubt Larry Hughes is good but hes not Tracy. Tracy will come back to the player he once was but nobody believes it.

  • rockets

    Fuck man t-mac my fav player adn the rockets my fav team