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Tracy McGrady nearing deal with Bulls

Jul 25, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

In news that would be stunningly relevant in 2003, Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Bulls are nearing an agreement with former Raptor/Magic/Rocket/Knick and former All-Star Tracy McGrady. There’s no word on the terms of the deal, but if it’s for a dollar over league veteran minimum, someone in Chicago’s offices screwed up.

McGrady had expressed interest in joining the Heat, but Miami never returned the interest. McGrady worked out for the Clippers, but nothing seemed to come of it, and according to the report, it was primarily an effort to nudge the Bulls into signing him.

The Bulls are in need of bench wing scoring, and McGrady could fit well as a backup to Luol Deng, if his body can keep in good condition. Of course, there hasn’t been a season in four years where that’s been the case, but it’s always possible. This does seem to fit in with the Bulls’ strategy this year: don’t sign the top guys you can get, but get big names that seem to indicate progress but likely won’t put them over the hump.

That should work out well.

  1. LilTmac2003 - Jul 25, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    I disagree.
    I think the Bulls had an amazing offseason considering we missed out on the big 3.
    We signed Boozer to be at the 4, a consistent player who averages 20-10. We got outside shooting with Korver. Ronnie Brewer is also a solid player with defensive capabilities.
    Adding Tmac would improve our depth and bench.

  2. JSanew - Jul 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    If T-Mac were to get 20-24 minutes a game at SF/SG/PointForward. I dont know of 1 2nd string SG/SF that could gurad him..not 1..so if He gave you those minutes and gave you 12 points per game. Especially if you played a little bit of zone when he came in with Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer. So now your Perimeter defenders in a zone D for a few minutes a game are 6-8, 6-7, 6-7 with 6-10 and 7-0 underneath. That is an extremly “long team” that could cause all kinds of problems for teams for a few minutes a game.

  3. Chris Simoneau - Jul 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    again with your opinion. You got to stop. You just sound like a clueless 15 year old. They added Boozer and Korver and gave up nothing, while adding a defensive minded coach. Wake up, Chicago has had a great offseason, and this is coming from a Celtics fan.

  4. Bull's fan inMA - Jul 25, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    You pundits continue to underestimate the additions chicago made. If Deng plays 70+ games w/o injury we can get # 2 seed and beat anybody in the East including Miami.

  5. Polo from Florida - Jul 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    The bulls are going to be pretty good this year.They kept their core group and added Boozer and Korver.The good news is they will not have to face Cleveland in the playoffs.The bad news is they still gonna have to compete against Lebron in a Miami Heat uniform. Even they were to squeeze by they would have the Celtics waiting for them and that’s more bad news. While some people might want call them a contender to the crown.I can only see a first round sucessful playoffs team.I cannot envision them beating Boston and Miami to go to the finals.

  6. Adam - Jul 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Bulls don’t get much credit for the offseason moves they have done besides the Boozer deal. Keeping Deng, bringing in Ronnie Brewer, Korver, and C.J. Watson were all really solid moves. Kurt Thomas also is a good replacement for Brad Miller. Besides the Heat and Lakers, Bulls are right behind them for best offseason.

  7. Rick N - Jul 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    The Chicago Jazz .. er .. uh .. Bulls should be pretty good. But they wont compete with the rest of the good teams in the east.

  8. Tony - Jul 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Lets see they missed out on there first three choice’s but they got there fourth choice and they did good? Hope you have better luck with wifes!

  9. Pretty Much God - Jul 25, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    First of all, McGrady will not average 12ppg, and if he does, itll only be for about 40-50 games on 39% shooting at most since he’ll probably miss tons of games next season due to injury. Second, Boozer is a huge boost for Chicago no question, but I doubt he averages 20-10 since he didn’t even average that last season and he’s only getting older. 3rd, you don’t know any backup SG,SF that can guard McGrady? Really? J.R. Smith, Shane Battier, Tony Allen, James Posey, Matt Barnes, Mickael Pietrus….And if he is a supposed scoring threat, why would a team have a backup 2-guard covering him and not keep a starter in the game? Chicago is in play for the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference, but that’s it. People focus on MIA but hey guys Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta, (can’t forget that they won 53 games last season) didn’t really change much and Milwaukee did some pretty slick moves this offseason.

  10. hnirobert - Jul 25, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Chicago will be good but not better than Miami and you’re insane if you think so. D-Wade alone won 3 out 4 against Chicago’s core group (quite easily, I might add), who just added Boozer, Korver and Brewer. So what you need to look at is this: LeBron and Bosh vs. Boozer, Korver and Brewer. Who are you taking?

  11. Cordae - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    I’m a LeBron fan but dude……
    did you really just EXCLUDE Derrick Rose and Jokim Noah from Chicagos core 3? Smack yourself, respectively…

  12. moolah954 - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    thats what people dont realize about the heat last yera we were a solid play-off team we got rid of the dead weight(beasly,oneal,ect) ketpt our roll players and added leberon and bosh…solid… i love the moves the bulls made last year a bulls heat game was game was boring i expected d-wade to drop 40 on them every time now i might be a lil bit harder.. and i really wanted the heat to pick up t-mac he used to be my favorite player a few years ago

  13. MDC - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Oh, so the Bulls’ “strategy” was to completely whiff on the Big 3, whose first preference was to all play on the Heat?
    This is a low risk/high reward addition for the Bulls. They’re already pretty deep at the wings and the guard positions with the additions of Korver and Watson. McGrady would be a bench player with minimal minutes unless he can actually prove effective and durable. Don’t forget the fact that after Thomas and McGrady, if they sign him, they’d be the only two guys on the roster older than 29.
    Oh yeah, and Derrick Rose is on the verge of absolute superstardom. A 50-plus win season and a good playoff run will open a lot of eyes around the league this season.

  14. luffy - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Watch your words buddy, Chicago might be the one to smack the Heat’s ass next season. I think it’s Chicago vs. Boston in the East Finals next season…
    Rose,Brewer,Korver,Deng,Gibson,Boozer,Noah,TMAC?(hope so) vs. Chalmers,Wade,LBJ,Bosh,Haslem + Whatever??? Who do you think would win in the East?
    TMAC should be a good addition but still… Lakers 3peat in 6 games over Boston/Chicago…

  15. luffy - Jul 25, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Adding up Watson and Thomas as well, Not that I don’t like LBJ but I really do think they have a slight edge over Miami…
    Go Kobe and Lakers, now the Lakers have a wicked bench…

  16. Anonymous - Jul 25, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    You must not remember 2008 when D-Wade along with Shaq got swept in the first round by a bunch of nobody Bulls. So what again is D-Wade going to do alone? What has D-wade done without Shaq? I like D-Wade, but let’s not forget this guy has also been out of the playoffs early the past few years. Don’t get me wrong, I’m D- wade fan, he is a Chicago kid, but it’s not like this guy can’t be guarded. Every team has done it the past 4 years.

  17. Octavis - Jul 25, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    dont ever mention atl as a top team

  18. luffy - Jul 25, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Agreed… However… I do believe that if they get Shaq, that would change the game…
    1. Boston
    2. Chicago
    3. Orlando
    4. Miami

  19. Booze - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    who is that 6-10 player inside u mentioning? Just to correct, Boozer is just 6-8, and he’s not that good defending against long athletic big men.

  20. Booze - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Who is that 6-10 player inside u mentioning? Just to correct, Boozer is just 6-8, slow, cannot jump, and he’s not that good defending against long athletic big men. And Noah is not the 7 foot broozer/bruiser u referring to, are you? The Bull’s interior defense will be just average, and won’t be as good as the other top teams like Celtics, Magic, Lakers, Spurs, and Mavs. Heck, even the Heat have a better front court than the Bulls now.
    Boozer will bog down the running game of the Bulls, just like Elton Brand bogged down the running game of the Sixers when he came in.

  21. Moni - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    The worst thing about this article was the fact you said guys they could get. Which top guy could they have gotten? They tried to get lebron, bosh, and wade. Maybe its just me, but i can’t think of any “top” player that they could have signed but didn’t. Boozer was widely seen as the 5th best FA (big 3, amare). You’re the first person to suggest the bulls have not had a good off-season. I still think they’re a notch below Miami, boston, and orlando, but they had a great off-season. They didn’t spend money just to spend it. Going out and spending the max on rudy gay or something would have screamed desperation. The bulls got quality guys at reasonable contracts. Just because you have cap room doesn’t mean you go out and have to spend it all. If the talent is worth it, then fine, but spending just to spend is what gets teams in troble.

  22. LUIs Aguilar - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    I AGREE MCGRADY NEEDS TO ACCEPT TO COME OFF THE BENCH. I FEEL THAT IS HOW T-MAC CAN BE USED THE BEST. HE LIKE SHAQ AND IVERSON ARE NO LONGER THE FRANCHISE PLAYERS OR EVEN PLAYERS IN THEIR PRIME. THEY AS WELL SHOULD ACCEPT TO BE BACKUP OR ROLE PLAYERS NOW. JUST LIKE MARBURY FINALLY REALIZED AFTER HIS EMBARRASING SITUATION IN NEW YORK. T-MAC WILL BE A GREAT OFFENSIVE WEAPON OFF ANY BENCH, BUT THIS IS A PLAYOFF TEAM. HE HAS HAD LOTS OF INJURIES IN THE LAST SEVERAL SEASONS, THAT IS WHY HE IS NOT SO DEPENDABLE ANYMORE AS A STARTER.
    THE BULLS DID PICK UP A FEW GOOD PIECES THIS OFFSEASON. BOOZER, KORVER, BREWER, KURT THOMAS AND CJ WATSON. THEY WONT BE MISSING HEINRICH AND SALMONS SO MUCH. THEY WILL GO DEEPER IN THE PLAYOFFS NOW. BUT I ALSO EXPECT THE BUCKS TO GET BETTER AS WELL IN THE EAST.

  23. Ryan P - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    Oh, come on now. Boozer may not be a sprinter, but the guy is athletic on the pick ‘n’ roll and is a knockdown shooter from mid-range. They didn’t sign him for the defense–that’s what Noah and Taj Gibson (and, not for nothing, newly added Ronnie Brewer) are for. Noah averaged something like 2-3 blocks a game, and is a high energy guy.
    I’m a Chicago guy and I’m not trying to be irrational about the team’s prospects; I think a 4-5 seed in the East would be expected, and a trip to the second round of the playoffs would be considered a big success.
    But to say they can’t compete in the East is short-sighted. You’re talking about a 41 win team last season, despite Noah and Rose being injured and Tyrus Thomas and John Salmons being injured. People are going to sleep on the Bulls, but they’re going to be tough this year.

  24. lola espanola - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    To the Chicago Bulls Organization; DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!! Do not sign Tracy McGrady, you will regret it. Just check his record with all the previous teams he has been with. The guy has gotten paid huge amounts of money from each of those teams and he has never come through for any of them. His deal is to sign and then get an injury of some kind and spend the rest of his contract time on the injured list collecting a big paycheck. He has yet to prove his worth to any team. He is lazy and the people in Houston were more than glad to see him go. He does not carry his own weight and is riding only on his name and nothing else. Chicago you sign T-Mac and you will regret it big time!!!!!!

  25. luffy - Jul 26, 2010 at 5:25 AM

    Yes Boozer is only 6’8, 6’9, whatever, but he is enough to guard and Score against Bosh, stronger than Bosh…
    I’m a Lakersfan but do think that this Chicago team will be a beast next season…

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