I been reading alot about this and the reason the Knicks stayed off AI is because they're working on a deal for McGrady, first off...as a Rockets Fan I'd hate to trade McGrady because we're in a Win-Win situation, if he sucks, leave him off the active roster, if he doesn't we still win. Not to mention his 20 Million coming off the books! Can anyone say Joe Johnson, D.Wade, Bosh, or Amare? ;) Houston is 4th Largest City & Yao is a Global Icon who can only help their Marketing. Also, Knicks aren't going to offer someone I'd want on our team. Larry Hughes? No Thanks. Wilson? Sure, but not enough for me. Al Harrington? Heck no, we got good SF's and PF's & IF THEY THINK CURRY CAN REPLACE YAO...LOLOLOL. Yeah Right, no way we take him. Point is, I'd rather be a Major Player in the Upcoming Free Agent Frenzy then take on one of those players. Unless they offer up Danillo Gallanari I say don't even bother. If we make that dumb of a trade, I'd seriously stop watching them. BUT I believe in Morey, so I doubt it'll happen. It's just more NYC Rumors as usual.
Wh not sign him as a 1 year deal for another expiring deal? TMac would be good too, 22 mil coming off this year is pretty good
I think its just a matter of the Rockets really not wanting McGrady anymore, and are looking towards moving on without him....and the Knicks are the likeliest suitors as a trade partner
Just imagine if they would have gotten AI and TMAC ............. :S:S:S:S:S
Tracy McGrady's $22,483,124, Brian Cook's $3,500,00 and Brent Barry's $2,062,800 are coming off the books, but Houston STILL won't be able to afford one of those players you mentioned. They'll have money to spend, but no where near the amount they'll need to land one of those max deal type free-agents. Just because those contracts are expiring, doesn't mean Houston will have all of that money available to spend on a major free-agent. That's a common misconception, but that's not how the NBA salary cap works. Houston is currently $15,856,596 over the cap this season.
Even with those players coming off the books, Houston's team payroll will still be $43,797,619 next season. That's not including the money they'll have to use to re-sign Louis Scola, who's a free-agent and should get paid pretty nicely. Add that to the fact that the NBA salary cap will probably be set less than the $57.7 million it is this season and that equals not being able to land a superstar type free-agent. Here's how their team salary looks:
Players coming off the books and under contract for 2010-11 season
Tracy McGrady - $0
Yao Ming - $17,686,100
Shane Battier - $7,429,500
Trevor Ariza - $6,322,320
Brian Cook - $0
Luis Scola - $0
Carl Landry - $3,000,000
David Andersen - $2,500,000
Chuck Hayes - $2,334,125
Brent Barry (waived-retired) - $0
Kyle Lowry - $2,975,164
Aaron Brooks - $2,016,692
Joey Dorsey - $947,140
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (waived) - $0
Chase Budinger - $780,871
Jermaine Taylor - $780,871
Total = $43,797,619
I think the Rockets should get something for Tracy McGrady right now instead of bringing him back, risking team chemistry, him being a problem, etc. Here are two trade scenarios I think would work:
- Cuttino Mobley's expiring contract ($9,500,000 *AND* is mostly covered by insurance, so Rockets would get paid the entire season since Mobely is retired) AND another expiring contract... (Larry Hughes $13,655,268 or Al Harrington $10,026,875) and Wilson Chandler $1,255,440 for Tracy McGrady $22,483,124. This would be a good deal for Houston. They get two expiring contracts (one being covered the entire season by insurance) and a good young/athletic small forward for their future. It's not as good of a deal for the Knicks though, since they're not including Curry, who's contract they obviously want to get rid of, in the deal.
- Eddy Curry ($10,500,423 in 2009-2010 and $11,276,863 in 2010-2011), Cuttino Mobley's expiring contract and Wilson Chandler for Tracy McGrady. This would be a better deal for the Knicks and both teams in my opinion. I doubt the Knicks give away Mobley's expiring contract without including Curry in the deal. They get rid of Curry's contract, which gives them more flexibility this summer. They lose a young prospect in Chandler, but they shed his contract, plus they still have Gallinari. They also get back a guy in Tracy McGrady who would be a great fit for New York, assuming he's healthy, etc PLUS his contract is expiring. Houston gets their *INSURANCE COVERED* expiring contract, a young prospect and a center who COULD pay off for them.
Nobody is expecting Curry to "replace" Yao... If Curry can get in shape, etc then he could at least fill the void and be an insurance policy just in case Yao takes a little longer to get healthy. If it doesn't work out with Curry, his contract expires the summer of 2011. They could even trade him as an expiring contract next season.
T-Mac for Eddy Curry and Mobley's contract cause you know he's still on the knicks books. It gives New York that go to scorer that they need and they get rid curry weak ass and the rockets need a center
The real reason for the trade is to get rid of Eddy Currys contrac which goes into next year so they can have the flexibility to sign 2 max players.
Tmac is getting traded most likely they just need to decide if they want to take on a contract for next year.
Those big name guys aren't signing with Houston the Rockets don't have the cap room maybe a 5-10 million guy good luck getting a top free agent for that kind of money.
Also don't believe the hype about Houston being the 4th largest city its a horrible sports town.
Its not always about that look at Sacramento during the run with Cwebb, Bibby.
Besides Hakeem getting them 2 rings Houston hasn't won anything.
Whats the big name free agent they've ever landed?
I doubt Chandler is in the deal unless Curry is moved though.
I think Chandler is in the deal regardless. It's Mobley they won't be getting if Curry isn't included. The Rockets want Mobley's contract because it's covered by insurance. Subtract T-Mac's salary minus Mobley's and that's basically how much money the insurance company would be paying the Rockets. That's a smart business decision by Houston because they'd actually be saving money.