Late last night the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets pulled the trigger on a seven-player deal sending Kevin Martin to Houston in exchange for Carl Landry and of course, T-Mac. Joey Dorsey is also headed Sacramento, with Kenny Thomas, Sergio Rodriguez, and Hilton Armstrong going to Houston to complete the deal.
The Rockets were running out of time to deal T-Mac and appear to have panicked. But the with GM Daryl Morey’s bizarre love of Kevin Martin, it’s possible he overpaid for a guy with similar skills–and shortcomings–to McGrady.
Martin has missed at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons with an assortment of injuries. His slight build and strange release on his jump shot suggest that he has reached his ceiling NBA.
Here’s the first problem: Martin’s ceiling isn’t very high. And here’s the second problem: Martin has three years, $46 million dollars remaining on his contract. Daryl Morey appears to have lost his mind.
The inclusion of Carl Landry in the deal makes it even more bizarre.
Sacramento gets a very good inside scorer in Landry, a young player with some potential in Dorsey, and whatever the expected trade of McGrady to the Knicks brings to the table. The T-Mac re-trade could be contingent on the impending Knicks-Celtics deal involving Nate Robinson and Eddie House.
The Rockets appeared on the brink of escaping salary cap hell. The addition of Martin ensures that the franchise will remain in a holding pattern for a few more years.