Wednesday , Feb , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Knicks Still Leading Race for Tracy McGrady

The Knicks and Rockets spoke Wednesday morning about a potential Tracy McGrady trade. Sources familiar with the negotiations told that although the Knicks told the Rockets they remain interested in acquiring the shooting guard in a deal for Larry Hughes and Jared Jeffries, they are still unwilling to meet all of the Rockets’ demands — cap relief, Jordan Hill, the swapping of 2011 first-round picks and the Knicks’ 2012 first-round pick.

"We’d like McGrady and the cap relief," one Knicks source said. "But the Rockets are asking for too much. We’re willing to pay a premium to make a deal. But the price right now is still too high."

According to the source, the Rockets are still looking for other partners. The Bulls have been mentioned as a possibility, but sources believe their offer is less attractive than the Knicks’ — even if the Knicks don’t give the Rockets everything they’re asking for.