Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The Houston Rockets are mulling a three-team trade that would send disgruntled superstar Tracy McGrady to the Knicks, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Wizards would get Knicks forward Al Harrington and his expiring contract along with another player, potentially Jared Jeffries, Larry Hughes or Eddy Curry. Hughes has an expiring contract while Jeffries and Curry have deals that run through the 2010-11 season.
The Rockets would get Wizards forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood.
The potential trade fits with president Donnie Walsh’s strategy of trying to land an impact player for this year while not compromising his flexibility to sign a free agent this summer. McGrady’s expiring contract is worth $23 million.
“It’s a real simple strategy. If you can get a good player, it doesn’t hurt you in the summer and it helps you, you consider it,” Walsh said Tuesday before the Kings game. “Depending on who you have to give up.”
Rockets GM Daryl Morey previously told the New York Post that the Knicks wouldn’t be a good fit for McGrady.
“There might not be a fit with New York because their goals don’t necessarily meet our goals,” Morey told the paper. “I think they like him but there’s an issue of fit.”
Perhaps the Wizards can help make the fit happen.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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