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T-Mac to the Knicks?

According to Sportscenter this morning, the Knicks are reportedly involved in a three-team deal including the Houston Rockets and the Washington Wizards that would potentially send Tracy McGrady to New York. This blockbuster trade would send forward Al Harrington to our nation's capital and also send Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood from the Wizards to the Rockets, along with another player with a large contract possibly Larry Hughes, Eddy Curry, or Jared Jeffries from the Knicks. With the February 18th trade deadline looming, the Rockets are trying to move T-Mac's league leading $23 million contract out of Houston, despite only playing in six games this season. McGrady has been plagued by injuries for most of his career, however when healthy he's one of the leagues elite premier players. McGrady has an expiring contract which would fit the Knicks overall budget plans for next years inevitable overhaul with notable free agents such as Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and of course the Knicks first option, LeBron James. The only question surrounding this trade for Knick fans is Tracy McGrady's health. Over the last few seasons McGrady has been out for extended periods of time having major surgery on his knees and arthritic shoulder. However, he can provide instant scoring ability on a much higher level than David Lee or Wilson Chandler. T-Mac is a perennial all-star, something the Knicks dont have at this point.
The Knicks are having an up and down season, landing them in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference 13 games below the .500 mark. Adding McGrady at this point just might be what they need to make a playoff push in the second half. If it doesn't turn out the way they planned then his contract expires at the end of the season and they make a run for Lebron in the off-season according to plan. If nothing else McGrady will put fans in the seats at the Garden and provide Knick fans with some entertaining basketball for the remainder of the season.

Sebastian

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