The big news before the season starts on Tuesday has been the trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets. After Harden declined the last offer from OKC, Sam Presti, the GM of the Thunder, shipped Harden away while his value was still high. Here is the full trade:
James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Lazar Haywood, and Daequan Cook.
Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, 1st rounder from Toronto (automatic lottery for 5 years, and if not received by 2017, the pick becomes an automatic 1st rounder not protected in 2018, received in Kyle Lowry trade), 1st rounder from Dallas (top 20 protected, received in Jordan Hill trade), and a 2nd rounder (Bobcats 2nd rounder, received in Courtney Lee trade).
Trade Analysis: Houston Rockets sign and trade Marcus Camby (C) to NYK for multiple players and picks.
The Houston Rockets made another move in their confusing offseason. Earlier in the evening, the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks, along with Marcus Camby, agreed to a sign and trade deal that sent the veteran center to the New York Knicks. In exchange, the Rockets will receive PG Toney Douglas, PF/C Josh Harrellson, C Jerome Jordan, along with a 2nd rounders (unprotected) in both the 2014 draft and the 2015 draft.
New York Knicks: After agreeing to a deal with the 39 year old, Jason Kidd a few days ago, the Knicks signed another veteran to add to their rotation. Big man Marcus Camby agreed to a sign and trade to leave Houston, and continue his quest for a ring. After meeting with several teams, Camby signed a 3 year deal worth around $13.2 million. The last year of the deal is partially guaranteed. For the Knicks, this was a great get for a relatively decent price. Camby is more then capable of putting up solid numbers for 15 minutes a game. Last year in 19 games in Houston, Camby averaged 7.1 points a game, and 9.3 rebounds in around 24 MPG. Camby played slightly above average defense, and provided veteran leadership. The Knicks did well getting a rotational piece, for 3 guys, that would have likely seen little playing time.
Trade grade: A-
Houston Rockets: Daryl Morey has a plan. What his plan is, or what letter plan he is on, no one knows, but I believe there is a plan. Morey sent the veteran center, who had little interest in returning after the Rockets seemed to be moving backwards, for 3 players and 2 picks. Word from Rockets beat writer, Jonathan Feigen, is that PG Toney Douglas is here to stay. The other 2, Harrellson and Jordan, their future is cloudy. Both of those players have non-guranteed contracts, meaning they could be used as fillers in other trades. This trade, as well as the Dalembert trade, seems like baby steps, that will ultimately lead up to the big step. Word is, the Rockets are still in the chase for Dwight Howard, and this deal will help in their pursuit. Acquiring 2 picks (yes, they were 2nd rounders, but every little bit helps), plus 2 non-guranteed contracts, will give them more ammo to give to Orlando to help facilitate a trade.
What has been a crazy offseason in Houston, will stay cloudy, likely until October. Once, the season starts, things will start to clear up, but things might still move around all the way until next year’s draft. It seems likely that Dwight Howard will be traded in the next few days, and if it’s to Houston, it is likely that several pieces of this trade will be involved.
Trade grade: B+ for now, could improve based on follow up moves