Thursday, February 18, 2010

More On McGrady Trade

Well, the deal I wrote about yesterday came to fruition, with the added wrinkle of Sacramento's involvement. Sacramento sends Sergio Rodriguez to New York and Kevin Martin to Houston. Sacramento receives Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey from Houston, along with Larry Hughes from New York. Otherwise, the basic outlines of yesterday's trade still hold: New York receives McGrady, while Houston receives Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, New York's 2012 first-round draft pick, and the right to swap first-round picks with New York in 2011.

This is a win-win-win. New York clears 2010-11 salary and is able to audition McGrady for two months. Houston gets Martin, potentially a star shooting guard in the mold of Reggie Miller and Richard Hamilton, plus a strong defender in Jeffries and a lottery prospect in Hill. Sacramento receives the very solid Landry and also cuts salary; their payroll for 2010-11 is now low enough that they also could potentially sign a "max" free agent this July. Who wouldn't want to play with Tyreke Evans?

The Knicks also come away from today with an influx of young talent. Though they gave away 2009 lottery pick Jordan Hill, they received Sergio Rodriguez, plus J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker from their Nate Robinson trade. To date, Donnie Walsh has done a very good job of shepherding the team into the new decade. If he can sign top stars this summer, we will be obliged to give him an A+.

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