KEVIN MARTIN TRADED TO HOUSTON - Chapter Two
9:42 a.m. - Jumping off from last night's events, sources continues to say it's likely Tracy McGrady is heading for New York. That being the case, the only certainties at this point - and with the trade deadline looming at noon Pacific - are that Kevin Martin will be a Rocket and Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey will be Kings.
Landry is obviously the centerpiece, with the Kings adding to their frontcourt with the third-year player who is having a career year. As for outgoing Kings Kenny Thomas, Sergio Rodriguez, and Hilton Armstrong, they appear to be headed for Houston while the ultimate destination of McGrady remains unknown.
New York and Houston have been working on the McGrady deal for quite some time, and it certainly feels as if the Kings are willing participants to make that deal go down. As one source close to the Knicks told me, "(The Knicks) have been working on this too long to have it not go down." What's more, McGrady is represented by agent Arn Tellem, who just so happens to represent Tyreke Evans as well.
That situation is tailor-made for power play, as Evans is suddenly the most influential King by a longshot and Tellem could - and certainly would - use that leverage to his advantage in these dealings. The Knicks had been offering a package of Larry Hughes (expiring $13.6 million deal), rookie forward Jordan Hill, forward Jared Jeffries ($6.5 million next season) and a draft pick, and that would certainly be the starting point in negotiations with the Kings.
If McGrady comes to Sacramento, I'm told he would immediately pursue a buyout and be looking to sign with Cleveland or the Lakers.
10:34 a.m. - According to a source close to the situation, Tracy McGrady will go to the Knicks, along with former Kings point guard Sergio Rodriguez. The Kings get former Rockets forward Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey and Larry Hughes. Houston gets Kevin Martin, and former Knicks Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill along with the right to swap first-round picks with New York in 2011 and as well as New York's 2012 first-round pick. The 2012 pick, according to a source, is protected to No. 10.
And Kenny Thomas, who was reportedly in the deal all along, gets to stay in his favorite locale of Sacramento (yes, that was sarcasm). Sam Amick