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Tracy McGrady is still standing out in the cold

Aug 7, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for mcgrady_runs.jpgTracy McGrady has had two workouts for teams.

There was the Clippers, but that was almost considered a favor for his agent and an effort to put pressure on Chicago to act. The Clippers roster is was fairly set and McGrady was not going to be part of it unless he blew them away. He didn’t.

Then there was Chicago, who needed a floor spacing wing man to come off the bench. He had his workout and… the Bulls yesterday signed Keith Bogans to a deal.

McGrady knows what that means, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

It’s been nearly two weeks since McGrady’s audition at Chicago’s practice facility, when he appeared to create his own obstacles to landing a Bogans-esque deal by following up the workout with a flurry of comments that suggest he still sees himself on Carlos Boozer’s level … when the Bulls were hoping to hear accept-any-role humility.

McGrady’s other problem was the Bulls also were (and are) intrigued by Rudy Fernandez, the Portland guard who wants to be a guard anywhere but Portland. The issue there, according to Stein, is that Portland wanted Taj Gibson and Chicago was only offering a pick. Those two sides remain far, far apart.

Which doesn’t really help McGrady.

After the Bulls and Clippers worked him out and then went in different directions — and with the Miami Heat seemingly out of roster room and thought to be highly hesitant to bring in big names for the LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh supporting cast — there are no other known suitors in circulation for T-Mac.

And in the wake of what happened with Allen Iverson last year, teams will be hesitant to bring in an aging player with a big personality who still thinks he can play a big role, when his body keeps him from that level.

  1. edgar - Aug 7, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    TMAC NEEDS A CHANCE THIS STUPID TEAMS ARE RETARDED IF THIS DUDE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH TIM GROVER AND SO MANY SPECIALISTS JUST LIKE STOUDAMIRE DID IT IN ONE YR AND T MAC HAD HIS SURGERY IN 09 ONE YEAR ITS 2010 BY 2011 SEASON THIS DUDE WILL BE BACK FO REAL THIS IS MY ONE OF MY FAV PLAYERS AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM GET A RING IDK WHY L.A DIDNT GET HIM AND I KNO PHIL WOULD LOVE MAC IN HIS TEAM OR EVEN THE CELTICS DOC COACHED MAC B4 COME ON I NEED TO SEE MAC’S REDEMPTION EVEN IN ORLANDO WITH HIS COUSIN TAKE A CHAMPIONSHIP TOGETHER WIT D12 COME ON GMS SOMETIMES DONT KNOW WHAT THEY WANT THEY END UP GETTIN CRAPPY PLAYERS LIKE CHICAGO PICKED FREAKIN BOGANS? BOGANS? HAHA COME ON BE REAL

  2. Craig W. - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    edgar,
    Do you really need to type everything in caps and with no punctuation?

  3. TruthSquad - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    He and AI need to go to Orlando. Jameer = offense killer. Tracy can put the same numbers Rashard did in the ECF with a third of the minutes.

  4. Nick F. - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    I feel like Truth Squad is Bill Simmons in disguise. Stop it, Bill, you’re a professional.

  5. KINGZ - Aug 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    T-mac should go to the phoenix suns if he wants to be back in his prime form and get better he needs to play with Steve Nash. Nash makes every player good like grant hill he is 38 years old and had injury problems in his career, Steve Nash made him better grant hill is 38 years old but he plays like he is 20. I guarantee if T-mac goes to the suns he will be better and he will win a ring.

  6. edgar - Aug 7, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Craig i was just in a rush relax. I was trying to get my point out there, that he needs a chance more than these horrible players getting signed.

  7. Steve - Aug 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Graig,
    I picture Edgar as the proverbial SHOUTER in any sport’s gathering

  8. Dave G. - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Didn’t EVEN try to read Edgar’s post (all caps and the first puncuation didn’t happen until 5 words from the end.

  9. paulH - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Seems Mac is once again his own worst enemy. The Bulls told him what they were looking for – him off the bench, but Mac doesn’t see himself in that role. Signing him without him realizing that he isn’t the Tracy Mac of old will only bring problems in the locker room – no thanks. Can the entire league be wrong?

  10. Anonymous - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    I agree. It’s guys like him and Iverson who mess up teams with their crap. (More like Iverson actually.) I think if he’s not 100% satisfied just retire you’re not gonna get anywhere except banned from the league. It seems like there’s an unwritten rule. If you’re a seasoned veteran who lives in the past then you are never playing again because teams view you as a selfish cancer. Even Shaq and Rasheed Wallace accepted a bench role. Sometimes walking away on top is better. I’d rather try for more but seriously who wants this thing to turn into the Brett Favre drama thing again?

  11. Crazy_88 - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Tracy is going to be fine and he will get his opportunity to prove himself out on the court for a good team. Its just a matter of when and where.
    The ” when ” could be anytime between now and the start of training camp or it could be anywhere between the start of the season and the February trade deadline.
    The ” where ” could be anywhere from the Bulls, Heat, Lakers, Mavericks, or perhaps some ” dark horse ” contender that nobody thought would have a great season, who is just 1 scorer away from making some real noise in the post season.
    Players who signed a partial or non guaranteed contract will either get cut after training camp, preseason or within the first couple months of the official season.
    There are always injuries to key players throughout the season, that will affect a teams chances of making the post season, possibly repeating or competing for a ring.
    There is going to be a number of teams who will continue to keep their eyes on Tracy as the season progresses If he doesn’t end up signing with a team by the start of training camp.
    IMO, the more time Tracy has to work himself back to full strength on the basketball court the more in demand he will be and nobody will care whether he starts or comes off the bench.
    Once its official that he is back 100 percent healthy and playing at a high level again. Teams are going to be coming at him hard because of what he brings to the court when at full strength.

  12. Edgar - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    What is this a english class ? are we talking about tracy mcgrady or me here? seriously get a life just read the article

  13. Chris - Aug 7, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    I just don’t understand the inability of people to stop associating a name with a game. T-Mac is done – why is that so hard to accept? NBA teams are the top talent in the world – do you really think you know more than them about if a player has anything left? He can’t jump, he has no mobility or quickness – so he’s not good! Let’s move on to people who can actually play. T-Mac was awesome – now he’s not NBA material – let’s move on.

  14. GUSTAVO - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    T-MAC SHOULD GO AND PLAY AS A RESERVE AND TEAM UP WITH SHAQ-FU IN BOSTON,WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS UP COMING SEASON AND RETIRE NEXT YEAR AS A CHAMPION.

  15. comcast - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    I’m just waiting for someone to invent Super All Caps, to make it possible to outshout someone who is shouting in All Caps.
    Flashing red in 72-point type, with a siren blaring. It’s gonna happen.

  16. Kris - Aug 8, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    I agree with the teams that passed on T-Mac. Look at his shooting percentage. Anyone could score if he were allowed to take all the shots that he takes. There are players on other teams that can not even get on the floor or keep a spot with those percentages. They are just horrendous.

  17. ian - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    i agree…his my only nba player idol…and i wish before his time ends in the league he could get a ring….

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