By Sam Amick
OAKLAND - When Kevin Martin didn't play in the second half of Wednesday's game against Golden State, it appeared to be the continuation of a bizarre set of circumstances surrounding the team's longest-tenured player.
As it turned out, it was likely the end of his Kings career.
The Kings shooting guard was told at halftime that he looks to be headed for Houston, with coach Paul Westphal relaying word from team basketball president Geoff Petrie that there was an agreement in principle. Sources say the trade also involves Rockets small forward Tracy McGrady, although it is unclear whether he will make it to Sacramento or perhaps be moved again to New York.
The trade was first reported by ESPN.com's Marc Stein, with Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the Kings will receive forwards Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey while the Rockets will receive Kings forward Kenny Thomas, Hilton Armstrong and Sergio Rodriguez. The NBA's trade deadline is today at noon. Petrie could not be reached for comment.
"It's a sad day for me in sense that Sac was first team that took chance for me late in first round of draft," Martin said from the team bus. "They showed so much loyalty to me through out the years. They gave me the big contract to show that you loved me...(But) I just think it was time for us to go in a different direction. I was the young guy before, and now I'm the oldest starter. I think it's good."
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