Thursday, February 18, 2010

More Updates: McGrady Making Stops on His Way to NY, Amar'e Could be Staying, Mavs Want Z, and Boston Isn't Blown Away... Yet

Here's a new development involving McGrady -- according to Yahoo! Sports, McGrady is supposedly going to be traded to Sacramento for Kevin Martin and basically a few extra bodies for McGrady, Carl Landry, and Joey Dorsey. Then Donnie Walsh is going to burn out his jets to 3 p.m. in an effort level out his offer with Sacramento's asking price for McGrady. Here's what Yahoo! rumors had to say:
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sacramento Kings are sending Kevin Martin(notes), Sergio Rodridguez, Hilton Armstrong(notes) and Kenny Thomas(notes) to Texas in exchange for McGrady, Joey Dorsey(notes), and Carl Landry(notes).

But hold onto your Stetson. McGrady and his $23 million expiring contract is then supposedly going to be moved to the New York Knicks, where team president Donnie Walsh wants to give T-Mac an extended audition for next season, when Walsh hopes his team will finally lift itself out of the dismal state its been for years after he becomes a New York hero and signs some big-name free agents.
In other news, the same Mark J. Miller is reporting that time is running out for Amar'e Stoudemire:
With the Cleveland Cavaliers grabbing Antawn Jamison(notes) from the Washington Wizards, one major player for the Phoenix Suns' Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) disappeared from the action and now it's looking like the forward that everybody seemed to covet may actually end up staying in Arizona, according to FanHouse.
Stoudemire said after last night's game that he talked with Suns owner Robert Sarver and gets the feeling he will be staying in Phoenix past 3 p.m. Eastern trade deadline today.
"I feel good. But either way I was going to feel all right," Stoudemire said.
The Miami Heat is still interested in getting Stoudemire but the money seems to be on the forward staying in Phoenix. There's no telling if this means he'll not opt out of his contract this summer and play for Phoenix for one more year or not.
Down in Texas, there's a reported interest from the Mavericks about recently trade center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Dallas acquired star forward Caron Butler just a few days ago, and is looking to stock up for perhaps their most armed playoff-ready team since their '05-'06 NBA Finals team.Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas(notes) might as well not even unpack his bags.
He just got moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Washington Wizards as part of the Antawn Jamison(notes) deal and it now appears that he could be moving along from D.C. pretty soon.
ESPN is reporting that Ilgauskas could be headed to the Dallas Mavericks to be an insurance piece in case Erick Dampier(notes) doesn't ever heal up. The word is that Ilgauskas could get a contract buyout from the Wizards.
Back on the east coast, Ray Allen could be staying put, says Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski (via Red's Army):
Ray Allen has heard his name included in potential trades for Rip Hamilton, Monta Ellis, Kevin Martin, Andre Iguodala and Jason Richardson. He knows he has no control over whether the Boston Celtics send him to another team. He also knows he doesn’t want to go.

As Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline approaches, Allen has one hope: He’d like to be starting for the Celtics when they face the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

According to multiple team sources, Allen will likely get his wish. While the Celtics have spent the past few weeks exploring their trade options with Allen, they don’t expect to move the veteran shooting guard. The team is close to acquiring Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks, probably in exchange for Eddie House and J.R. Giddens. But Celtics president Danny Ainge called the potential for an Allen trade “highly unlikely.”

“I understand what my expiring contract means and the business we are in,” Allen told Yahoo! Sports. “But Boston is the optimum place for me. I’d want to keep my family here. I’d be disappointed [if he is traded], but there is nothing I can do about it.
It should be a very interesting day.

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