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Bulls enter the Tracy McGrady sweepstakes

Feb 17, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

mcGrady.jpgTracy McGrady is a very popular guy.

While the rumor is the Knicks are close to a deal, the Chicago Bulls are also talking trade with he Rockets.

…The Bulls have offered forward Tyrus Thomas and center Brad Miller, with the teams negotiating a third piece to come close enough to match McGrady’s $22.46 million contract. The Bulls could offer guards John Salmons or Kirk Hinrich, or the expiring contract of Jerome James.

A person with knowledge of the talks said there are ongoing discussions with other teams, that no decisions have been reached about preferences so far and that a decision is unlikely until closer to Thursday’s 2 p.m. (central time) deadline.

Both the Bulls and the Knicks want to go after some big time free agents this summer, so both want to clear out cap space. And nobody clears out cap space like Tracy McGrady. What Houston needs to decide is how much they like Jordan Hill as a prospect versus the talented but enigmatic (and with questionable focus) Tyrus Thomas.

Houston, on the other hand, holds the cards and is in no rush to make its play with 24 hours to go.

  1. Jason - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    “Sweepstakes?” C’mon – more like “Plague”
    This guy has been a sullen, crybaby, no balls, 1st round elimination chump since he got here.
    He has skills. At running his mouth and disrupting the chimistry on a team…..
    I hope they make his butt wait….until the very end.
    Good ridence T-Rex…..a bad chapter in Houston’s proud history of basketball….for goodness sake it’s the ONLY legacy this town has….you tarnished it enough with no skills….

  2. Iceberg - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    McGrady is always injured has diminished skills. I don’t know why any team would go after this guy and his $22mil contract money. The Bulls should not give up Tyrus for a broken down McGrady.

  3. Joe - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    As mentioned in the blog, the reason the Bulls want to trade Thomas is that he hasn’t panned out as a lottery pick (via the Knicks in 2006). While Thomas shows flashes of brilliance, he makes too many bone-headed mistakes and has shown little maturity during his time in Chicago. It’s time for both parties to move on. Maybe Thomas will learn one day that he has great talent but needs to control it on his role (a guy who blocks shots and scores tip-ins a-la Tyson Chandler).
    Acquiring McGrady is NOT a long term solution. All the Bulls want is an expiring contract to be big players in this summer’s free agent class. Who knows? He could provide sufficient enough scoring to help the Bulls get to the post season this year. But beyond that, he’s just freeing up cap space.

  4. Matt - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    I don’t get all the hate. This is a smart move by the knicks. Tmac can very well develop in to a Grant Hill type of player. A great support secondary offensive option to lure 2 great contracts. We already have David Lee, this is the makings of a great team.

  5. Anthony - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Before you comment, you need to focus and read why Chicago wants Trady McGrady–To free cap space because of his expiring contract–You are going to need that free 22 mil this summer to go after Wade, Bron Bron, or even Chris Bosch to a lesser extent

  6. udayton - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Hey Matt take a deep breath. This could be the beginning of a fair team, a good team or maybe a fair good team but unless they get some rather substantial talent it ain’t gonna be a great team anytime soon.

  7. Peter - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Everyone – NEITHER team is looking to trade for McGrady’s help this season. They want that $23,000,000 to expire to allow them more money this offseason. McGrady wouldn’t be going to the Knicks to help anyone the Knicks have playing now…just as he wouldn’t with the Bulls. It’s just about the cap space.

  8. bryor - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Your an idiot they dont want Mcgrady they want his expiring contract

  9. DPatterson - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    I know Tyrus personally, and I put the blame on coach V. Captain Of All Champions Headaches. Every team has a Tyrus Thomas but as a coach you have to know how to manage and channel each players potential to reach its highest level. Tyrus will do well somewhere else, with the right off season training and a few more lessons about LIFE. I’ll put money on it!!! And I hope he stays in the Eastern Conference

  10. Richard - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    What is really depressing is the amazing transparency concerning the lack of or Representation in the NBA among Caucasian Americans!!
    It’s to P.C of an issue for weak willed and weak minded sports people to ever take up!!!No wonder why the NBA’s viewership continues to fall every year!!In a country where white people(anglos or latinos)make up the OVERWHELMING majority of the populous it is very discouraging and also very suspicious to have such LOW % of either of the groups I belong to!
    Think about it Whitey!!
    Richard Ruiz

  11. VonSnickle - Feb 17, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    I hope the Bulls are smart enough not to offer half of front line for McGrady unless they are going to pick up another quality front line player. Thomas has the capability of being an all-star.

  12. Rafael - Feb 19, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Thanks a bunch for this totally insightful post, posts like this one are exactly why I am continuously searching for new blogs.

  13. Kermit Sinagra - Feb 20, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    Very good post. Thanks for sharing.

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