With only a few days left before the NBA Trade deadline, the New York Knicks have been actively pushing for a deal that would bring Tracy McGrady to the Big Apple. On the day of the NBA All-Star Game, there were talks between Knicks President Donnie Walsh and Rockets GM Daryl More. McGrady's agent, Arn Tellem, was also involved in the talks between both sides.
The Knicks and Rockets are hoping to be able to get a deal done without the addition of a third team in the mix. But without a helping hand from another team, things will be difficult for the Knicks. The Knicks may not have the right tools to make the deal.
McGrady's 23 million dollar contract will be hard to eat up with out dealing Al Harrington, Larry Hughes, Darko Milicic, or the long gone Cutino Mobley. Adding Mobley to the deal may be just like when the Nets received the retired Keith Van Horn from the Mavericks in the Devin Harris and Jason Kidd swap.
Jordan Hill may also have to be added to the deal. Walsh said this week that he will not deal Hill or any other young prospect if they will only get a player with an expiring contract in the summer.
Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries are still with the team today as they got off the bus in Chicago. But the chatter will continue with both teams. The New York Post's Marc Berman tweeted, "Jeffries told me he's been told nothing. 'If it happens, it happens.' More cap space and T-Mac. Not Bad."
Madison Garden could soon be packed if T-Mac ends up in a Knicks uniform. Who knows, Donnie Walsh may soon be getting ready to prepare a deal for LeBron on July 1st. T-Mac and the King under the lights of the World's Most Famous Arena... seems like a dream for any Knicks fan.