Not to mention they didn't draft Okafor because it looks like they may already have that need filled with Cato.
T-Mac trade to Houston step closer
By Tim Povtak | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted June 25, 2004
The trade of Tracy McGrady to the Houston Rockets moved a step closer early Friday morning to becoming reality after Magic general manager John Weisbrod spoke with Rockets guard Steve Francis.
Weisbrod and Francis - the Rockets star who will come in the trade for McGrady - spoke by phone after the NBA Draft concluded Thursday night.
Jeff Fried, Francis agent, said Friday morning that his client has dropped any objections to coming to Orlando.
"Steve was very impressed with the way John has a vision for the team,'' Fried said. "It was a necessary step. I think John really connected with him.''
Weisbrod stopped short of saying any deal was imminent. The proposed trade of McGrady includes Tyronn Lue, Juwan Howard and Reece Gaines in exchange for Francis Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato.
"I couldn't say we're closer to anything but this was a good first step,'' Weisbrod said. "I do like the determination, conviction I hear from Steve.''
Weisbrod also said he will continue talking to other teams interested in McGrady, and that he does not expect any conclusion to the McGrady situation this weekend.
"We could still go in another direction with this, but I do like what I heard tonight,'' Weisbrod said. "We meshed.''