McGrady trade the big deal on deadline day

BY foxsports • February 18, 2010

Tracy McGrady is headed to New York, and the Knicks hope even bigger names are coming in July.

They aren't the only team lining up for a chance to become a summer spender.

The Knicks acquired the former scoring champion Thursday in a three-team swap with the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal left them on the verge of being able to offer two maximum salary contracts to the 2010 free agent class that could be headlined by LeBron James.

Chicago, Washington and Sacramento all cleared enough salary in moves before the 3 p.m. EST deadline to be able to afford a max player, and the Los Angeles Clippers got close.

The Cleveland Cavaliers gave James more reason to stay. They acquired forward Antawn Jamison on Wednesday, a deal that could make the Eastern Conference leaders even stronger.

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