The Houston Rockets are a part of a three-team deal that also involves the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings. In this deal, the Rockets have finally rid themselves of the injury prone, prima donna that is Tracy McGrady. T-Mac is going to the Knicks, while the Rockets get Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries in return. The Rockets also are getting a great player from the Kings in Kevin Martin, along with Hilton Armstrong. The Rockets had to give up Joey Dorsey and, unfortunately, Carl Landry to the Kings. The Kings also got Larry Hughes from the Knicks. Landry was Houston’s top young player and is one of the best 6th men in the league. This season he is shooting 55% from the field and is averaging 16.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 0.9 blocks in just 27.2 minutes per game.
Although Landry will be missed, this was a good deal overall for the Rockets. Kevin Martin is a star in this league, averaging 19.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steal. He has been struggling a little from the field this season (40% FG), but I expect that to improve since the Rockets are a much better team than the Kings and he is just staring to get into the flow of things since he was also injured for a much of the season with a broken wrist, playing in only 22 games thus far. Another reason this was a good deal for the Rockets is that they also get the option of swapping draft picks with the Knicks in 2011 (unless it’s the #1 pick), and will get their 2012 first-round pick (unless it’s a top-5 pick). So, that means the Rockets have gotten a great guard in Kevin Martin, more depth in the front court with Hilton Armstrong, Jared Jeffries, and Jordan Hill, all while having some young talent to look forward to in the 2011 and 2012 NBA drafts.