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Tracy McGrady tries to impress Chicago Bulls next

Jul 22, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

mcgrady_runs.jpgUPDATE 12:05 pm: McGrady made this tweet today:

Clippers, Lakers, Bulls, Heat

Which are the four teams he mentioned last night. But read on, as we explain the Clippers seem to have no interest, and the Heat are saying privately they are not going there. You can do the math from there.

8:44 am: He is maybe the biggest free agent name still on the market, but he is having some trouble finding a home.

Tracy McGrady worked out for the Los Angeles Clippers this week, and while both sides were polite and said they would continue to talk no contract offer is forthcoming from L.A. Next up on the workout tour is Chicago next Monday, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com.

Chicago is where McGrady has been living for a couple years — working out with Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s trainer — and is rumored to be where he wants to land. But he has to go into a workout and impress them that at age 31 he is really back from the microfracture surgery in his knee 18 months ago.

Last season McGrady played in 30 games for the Knicks, scoring 8.2 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting. He also had to miss games to rest his knee. The Knicks are looking for a roster turnover and they did not invite McGrady back to be a part of it.

McGrady tweeted yesterday that he has plenty of interest:

“clippers, bulls, lakers, heat….but that could change by the morning…lol..this is the NBA”

The Heat will not be bringing him in, they have said privately they do not want to bring in another big name and personality that could in any way threaten the chemistry of their big three.

What those other teams are weighing is what McGrady can offer on the court and if that is worth the media attention and distraction he could be off it. McGrady at his peak could fill it up with the best of them — he led the league in scoring twice. There will be pressure from fans and the media to give him some run. Fans that remember the great McGrady and didn’t see him struggle last season.

Maybe the Bulls will like the equation; maybe they think he can defend like Tom Thibodeau wants (actually, I doubt they think that); maybe they think McGrady has something to offer. Maybe they think he can be a veteran backup to Luol Deng (although that is the injury prone backing up the injury prone). But he will have to prove it in a workout.

  1. pjmjfan - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    No disrespect to a former great like McGrady, but he peaked early and is on the downward slope. He brings little value to Chicago. I grew up here, loved the PJ/MJ era, and am looking forward to this season. I wasn’t convinced LBJ coming was a good idea, and I’m not a fan of McGrady coming either. Watching a young team mature, develop, and improve has been refreshing. Bringing a role player like Boozer in will likely help the team–worst case, stay the same. Bringing McGrady in could be great, or the opposite. Chicago can’t afford to gamble with extremes considering the team they’ve built over the last few years.

  2. sherrod - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Ive said since Tracy signed with New York that he would be a under the radar signing for the bulls. There’s nothing wrong with bringing in this vet. Look at Grant Hill. Everybody thought that he was through but all it did was make him work to prove everybody wrong. Tracy would be a great fit for the bulls up and down style and im sure he understands that defense is the catalyst here. Plus his size is great for us later. If he gives us 8 points 4assists and 4 rebounds isnt that a plus off the bench? We have to spend the money anyway why not take the chance. It wont hurt this team at all if he get’s hurt we’re still strong enough to contend without him but if he’s 2/3 of his former self he could push us over the top.

  3. Marky Mark - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    lol…this is the nba

  4. phil collins - Jul 22, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    i dont see what the big risk is with picking him up. you wont have to pay him that much, and you get a guy who, even as a shell of his former self, can score off the bench

  5. sowhat - Jul 23, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    I for one think Tracy Mc grady is a great get. He still has plenty left in the tank. Derrick,Tracy,Booker,Noah will lead Chicago back to the promise land.

  6. Anonymous - Jul 23, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    i want chris paul 4 da bull

  7. Dzchi - Jul 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    what do we need paul for we have rose. and why not sign tmac they are signing guys like kurt thomas why not tmac. i personally think ythe kurt thomas signing is one of the dumbest moves ever so i dont know tmac certainly has a better upside than him

  8. inmypjs - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    If Clippers don’t want you, then nobody wants you! Why would anyone want to go to the Clippers anyway, I don’t know…maybe because if the lure of LA but other than that, if you relocate them to Anaheim or San Diego, nobody will go there. And why would anyone retire as a Clipper? That would be the pits!
    Anyway, Heat doesn’t want him and Lakers just signed Matt Barnes so they are out too. TMac can only hope that the Bulls will take him. He may be enough as a backup for Deng since he will not have to play that many minutes and therefore rest his knees more. Why not the Bobcats? I think they need him there. Or better yet, the Suns? The Suns training and medical team has revived careers like Grant Hill’s and Shaq’s, not to mention, the great rehab of Amare’s knees. If TMac wants his career revived, there’s no other place to go but Phoenix.

  9. victorbayron - Jul 24, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Look tracy mc grady deserve a chance who doesn’t deserve a chance let him prove himslf that he could play at this level if they don’t like what they see them they could do what ever they or they could try to get allen iverson I like him too so that what is at the market if he can’t not improve himself I know he can I belive at him everbody sould to .so try other opcion look at iverson who whant to come back he whant a chance to play is a gamble is not a gamble if you don’t try with one off to play if was he or my team I will try this offer like this you can’t find it no where and you no it T mac prove your self let everbody they may make a mistake for not give you a chance of you go to chicago bulls they will take you. I belive at you don’t let them down and your self ok goodlook man god bless.

  10. Hector Martinez - Jul 24, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Tracy McGrady I’m not too sure about. But I would definately perfer him over Roger Mason. He is more of a half court player and the Bulls are gonna try to run as much as they can. And when they play half court they probably will pick and roll a lot with Boozer or Rose will drive and drive and pass out to an open Korver or Deng. So if Tracy can still shoot well and can take a back up role and not try to always take over games I guess it’ll be ok. Other than that Pax and Gar should try to get Shannon Brown instead. (greatest missed dunk las year) and plus playing with Lakers have probably helped his game.

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