A sampling of some rumors floating around today...
Tracy McGrady to the Knicks?
The answer: yes, maybe, looking good, maybe not. If that's confusing, it's because this saga is.
Yahoo! Sports' dynamic duo of Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears reported yesterday afternoon that the Rockets and Knicks had agreed on the framework of a trade that would send Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, either Al Harrington or Larry Hughes and a 2012 first-round pick to Houston for McGrady, Brian Cook, Joey Dorsey and the right to exchange first-rounders in 2011. The Knicks would do this to clear away Jeffries' salary, which allows them to have enough money to either sign two maximum free agents this summer and/or re-sign David Lee. I presume Houston would do this because they get a somewhat useful player in Jeffries, as well as a youngster in Hill and an extra first-round pick.
However, according to the New York Daily News, the Knicks are saying the deal is not close. That's not to say they aren't trying to figure things out with the Rockets, but it's not going to happen right away. The holdups, according to Frank Isola, are Jeffries' $2 million trade kicker and Knicks president Donnie Walsh's reluctance to include Hill in the trade. CBS Sportsline's Ken Berger quotes a source says the chances of McGrady going to the Knicks are "50-50."
Amare Stoudemire to his critics: I can play with Shaq
The Cavaliers continue to pursue Amare Stoudemire with a reported Zydrunas Ilgauskas/J.J. Hickson/first-round pick package, all while keeping their eye on Washington's Antawn Jamison. Such a trade would reunite Amare with Shaquille O'Neal. Many feel the two cannot coexist, but Stoudemire fired back at those people on his Twitter account.
I play very well w/Shaq. I averaged more pts last year WITH him & played better D. You guys can stop saying we don't play well together.
Speaking of Stoudemire, the Heat are reportedly raising the stakes on their pursuit of him, according to Marc Stein. The Heat have two first-round picks in this year's draft -- theirs and Toronto's -- and could also make Michael Beasley available.
Roger Mason wants out?
According to Wojnarowski, Spurs guard Roger Mason's agent has asked the Spurs to trade him, and the Spurs are complying.
"Roger had a terrific season last year after the Spurs had a bunch of injuries, and now that everyone is back healthy and his minutes are limited, the Spurs are trying to do the right thing and find a good spot for him," Mason's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.
Miami and Memphis are expected to be interested. Mason's lost playing time as the Spurs have developed youngster George Hill, but it's surprising to see him want out of a strong culture like San Antonio.
Bartelstein clarified his comments to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:
"It's not a trade demand," Bartelstein told the Express-News on Monday night. "It's simply, if there's an answer to the problem of not enough minutes, and everybody can come out good, they should look at that. That's all that's going on."
Bartelstein said Mason was "happy playing for (Gregg Popovich) and San Antonio has been good to him."
"It's just that players like to play," Bartelstein said.
I don't know about you, but that sounds like a trade request to me.
Is Corey Maggette Plan C for the Cavaliers?
Here's a weird one, via ESPN's Chris Broussard.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' pursuit of Amare Stoudemire continues, but in case they can't land thePhoenix Suns' All-Star forward, they have begun talks with the Golden State Warriors about Corey Maggette.
Despite their league-high 13-game win streak, the Cavaliers are leaving no stone unturned in attempting to improve their team and bring the city it's first major sports league championship in 46 years.
No stone unturned indeed. I couldn't think of a player who fits Cleveland less than Maggette. However, Marcus Thompson of the Contra Coast Times has heard the same thing about the Cavaliers' interest in Maggette.
Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that, if Cleveland talked to Golden State about Maggette, it was only to help facilitate a three-team deal, since Maggette doesn't fit in Cleveland. For now, I'm inclined to believe that.