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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.
NEW YORK — Knicks President Donnie Walsh isn’t headed to Dallas for All-Star weekend.
Instead, Walsh plans to stay home in New York and work the phones in the days leading up to the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
“Going to the All-Star Game, it’s so big now. You have a better chance of talking to GMs of other teams if you’re using the telephone,” Walsh said before Tyreke Evans scored a team-high 27 points as the Sacramento Kings beat the Knicks, 118-114, in OT at MSG. “It used to be that we were all in the same hotel and we would meet each other all the time. I can’t find them when I go to the All-Star Game.”
Walsh reiterated his long-held position that he is open to any trades that would improve the Knicks (19-31) while also allowing them to maintain salary-cap flexibility for the free agent class of 2010 that includes LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. That means he will trade expiring contracts for expiring contracts.