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.
McGrady has been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team while a deal is struck.
McGrady’s expiring contract is worth $23 million, a hot commodity considering the free agent Class of 2010.
Expect Knicks president Donnie Walsh to reach out to Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey to see if a deal can be worked out. Despite a 1-9 start, the Knicks are on the periphery of the Eastern Conference playoff race and a player like McGrady could help vault them into the postseason.
As Alan Hahn of Newsday points out, Larry Hughes’ contract is worth $13 million and Al Harrington’s is $10 million, but the Knicks may have to throw in something more valuable, like rookie Jordan Hill, to strike a deal.
NATE FINED $25K FOR REMARKSThe NBA on Monday fined Knicks guard Nate Robinson $25,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.”
Robinson actually didn’t make the statements himself. His agent, Aaron Goodwin, requested Dec. 19 that his client be traded and then went public with his request.
“Players are not permitted to make trade requests publicly and are responsible for public statements relating to them made by their representatives,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank told the AP.
After averaging a career-best 17.2 points last season, Robinson has not played in 12 straight games.
“I want to play the game of basketball,” Robinson said Dec. 20. “I want to be a Knick. I want to stay here. This is here I want to be. And I want to play. I want to help this team win. I think I can do that. I expend energy. I do all the little things and I just feel I haven’t got that privilege to play the way that I like to play.”
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.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.