T-Mac To The City Of Brotherly Love?

Derek PeifferCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 19:  Tracy McGrady #1 of the Houston Rockets looks across the court in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utah Jazz during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2008 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.  The Jazz won 93-82.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

I recently caught wind of a trade rumor that intrigued me. Of course, it was a 76er rumor, but the magnitude of players involved in such a deal caught my eye.

The rumor, apparently gathered from an "NBA source" , would have Tracy McGrady coming to the 76ers in exchange for Samuel Dalembert and Willie Green.

Samuel Dalembert could be more than eye-catching for the Rockets who, the way things seem, could be without all-star center Yao Ming next season (and it could threaten his career).

Dalembert could fill the void left at center by Yao's injury troubles and Dikembe Mutombo's retirement.

Meanwhile, the Rockets have been rumored to be looking to move oft-injured guard, Tracy McGrady. Could a deal be on the way?

Lets crunch some numbers.

Tracy McGrady, who is entering the final year of his contract, is scheduled to make $23.2 million next season. With the 76ers being over the NBA salary cap, they'd have to put up enough to make salaries match.

First and foremost is the atrocious contract that is, Samuel Dalembert. Sammy has two years left on his deal making a total of $23.6 million, including $11.4 million next season.

The second part of the deal on the 76ers side belongs to Willie Green. Green is a strong player when given the right amount of minutes, meaning low, not high Philadelphia. Green is more than expendable for a talent such as McGrady.

Green will make $3.7 million next season which would leave the 76ers short of McGrady's salary by approximately $8.1 million.

But wait, there's hope.

Dalembert's contract comes with a 15 percent trade kicker, which then would add $3.8 million to his contract. This has been the major roadblock that has stopped the 76ers from moving Sammy. No one wants that trade kicker.

We're still just over $4 million short. Meaning the 76ers would have to throw up one more player, but who?

Is Lou Williams expendable at this point? I don't think the 76ers would be willing to part ways with him just yet, but his $5 million salary would make the deal work financially.

Throw in a future 2nd round draft selection, and welcome to Philadelphia, Tracy.

If Houston is serious about such a deal, and talks have taken place, I would be all over this deal.

You get to add a strong veteran in Tracy McGrady, who can still play basketball at a high level, and you dump Samuel "Care-bear" Dalembert. (Yes, with such a nickname, you should want him gone)

Teaming McGrady up with the likes of Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, and Elton Brand would give nightmares to most teams on a nightly basis.

Furthermore, even if Philly still is unable to bring back point guard Andre Miller, Jrue Holiday could manage with Iguodala, Brand and McGrady on the floor.

Iguodala can more than easily take over some of the ball handling duties. Iggy dished out 5.3 assists last season, while increasing that number to 6.7 per game in the playoffs.

Let's not get too carried away here though.

Houston is also rumored to be heavily interested in former Magic center, Marcin Gortat.

If Houston makes a strong run at Gortat and does get a deal done, wipe the slate clean, Dalembert's staying, for now.

The free agency period has just begun and rumors are flying hot of the presses, but let's hope that this one is not just another rumor from another unidentified "NBA source". Stay tuned.