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Rockets interested in Baron? (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 18, 2009 8:22 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2009 12:57 am

UPDATE: After hearing and reading media reports that Tracy McGrady will have season-ending microfracture surgery on his ailing left knee, the Houston Rockets aren't ready to pack it in. They might be looking to do something big.

The Rockets have been mentioned in plenty of trade scenarios in the past 48 hours, but none more intriguing than the one with the Clippers about Baron Davis. Those talks, however, have broken down.

"Not happening," a person with knowledge of the situation told early Thursday.

The Rockets and Clippers discussed a trade that would've freed Davis from a disastrous return to his hometown and allowed the Rockets to remain in contention without McGrady. One possibility, first reported by, had the Clippers willing to take back McGrady even though he won't play the rest of the season and faces a long recovery from the microfracture procedure.

That should tell you everything you need to know about how desperately Clippers owner Donald Sterling wants to retreat from the rare spending spree that resulted in Davis going to Clipperland in the first place. There figure to be other suitors for Davis, who has four years and $54 million left on his contract. Thus, possible landing spots would have to be limited to financially sound teams willing to take risks. (Mark Cuban, are you out there?)

The Sporting News' initial report on the Baron-to-Houston scenario quoted a person close to Davis saying, "It would be best for everyone if Baron moved on." That smells like an inside job, with Davis and his operatives trying to drum up an exit strategy to a solid playoff team. (Hey, it would beat the heck out of finishing the season with the 13-41 Clippers.) One team executive expressed serious doubts early Thursday that the Clippers would be successful in their Dump Baron campaign.

As for the Rockets, another source said they're telling teams they're working on "smaller deals." So while they're not taking McGrady's season-ending injury passively, they're not alarmed enough to make a $54 million bet.








Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 6:59 am

Rockets interested in Baron? (UPDATE)

Berger, you're a dope. Sorry, that had nothing to do with the story, I just wanted to make sure he didn't forget.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2009 9:34 pm

Rockets interested in Baron?

I like the efforts of the Rockets organization.  The PG position has eluded this team for way too long now, I love the idea of the Rockets dumping McGrady's contract for an established PG in Baron Davis.

Since: Aug 26, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2009 9:09 pm

Rockets interested in Baron?

This all the Rockets do go after the big names(Artest,McGrady, and now Davis) with bad playoff records. They should try to get role players without the ego (Artest/McGrady). That is what the Spurs did with Duncan and the Pistons did.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 8:46 pm

Rockets interested in Baron?

This would be a great deal for the Rockets. Plus if they traded to get Vince Carter i believe they would become one of the top teams in the Western COnference

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