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Tracy McGrady reaches deal with Pistons

Aug 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for mcgrady_Knick.jpgApparently Detroit is done thinking it over and is good with it.

Detroit has reached a one-year, $1.3 million deal with Tracy McGrady, according to multiple reports. He worked out for Detroit last week and told Detroit coaches he was willing to play whatever role he was offered (a contrast in tone from what he told Chicago, where he said he wanted to compete for a starting spot).

This deal is for the veterans’ minimum. At that price, this is pretty much a low risk move with the potential for a high reward if McGrady’s knee really comes back. Unless McGrady decides he needs to play more and goes Allen Iverson in Memphis on the team. Which is what Chicago feared after working him out and talking to him.

McGrady joins a crowded swingman position for Detroit. Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince will start on the wings in Detroit, with Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Austin Daye and even Rodney Stuckey able to play those roles as well.

McGrady could be good depth if the Pistons trade Prince at the deadline (something they said they would only do if he asks, but there is interest out there). But at first minutes are going to be hard to come by.

McGrady, 31, is one year removed from microfracture surgery on his left knee. How much he is able to bounce back from that will determine how much of the court he sees — reports out of his workouts were that his movement, particularly laterally, was slowed. However, he can still knock down shots, and that has value.

  1. loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Good for McGrady to make it on a roster and smart to accept a vet min offer for the fact he has lost a step and is a notorious virus. The guy has skills but never used them properly. I never understood the hype around McGrady…low basketball IQ, poor fundamentals, and never showed to improve the “team game”. I put him in a class with guys like Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, and maybe Allen Iverson. These are guys who were poison to the team (all scored but never helped the team to succeed). But, as a back-up role, things might be different for McGrady. As a human being, I wish the best for him. This is the last leg of his NBA career.

  2. sergio - Aug 10, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    good for tmac now show everyone that turned you down what they missed on i do believe you will be back looking forward to seeing you play and kick ass

  3. Mister Sir - Aug 10, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    At least the guy above isn’t a complete hater and wished the man well as a human being. But, I have to ask………WHAT TRACY McGrady have you seen over the years ? The one I, and the rest of the world saw the one that averaged 32, 6 and 6 in the playoffs the entire time in Orlando. All above his reg season #’s. Did we forget 13 points in 33 seconds ? Low IQ ? Are u serious ? Despite whatever attitude was portrayed in the locker rooms for the teams he”s played on, T Mac is a prime example of a player that scored the way he did BECAUSE HE HAD TO. Allen Iverson- a truely unique guy with poor judgement at times….ok a lotta times. BUT, there is NO OTHER PLAYER in the history of the sport THAT SIZE, that sacrificed his body with fearless play like A.I did. They offered their portion of what a player gives a TEAM. The other four guys gotta do somethin. Peolpe always say what Kobe and Jordan did. But what those guys had separately to their advantage was what no other superstars of our time had……..Phil Jackson as their leader. Never know what circumstances causes guys to become “poison” on a team. SOMETIMES the front office brass are the ones to crack open the jar of venom, and THEN it spreads. The biggest target usually gets hit first.

  4. cleavie wonder - Aug 10, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    I don’t think Trace has more than a year left in the tank and I question whether or not he can stay healthy for more than 60 games. How bad do you think Ben Gordon wishes he was in Chicago right now?

  5. Brandan - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    I really like that TMac could make it into a team, now I only hope he can accept his role, since he first expressed he wanted to compete for a starting position in Chicago I hope that is out of his mind right now. Unlike guys like Iverson, Shaq and Marbury, I don’t consider T Mac a virus or venom to his team. After all he was labeled a problem prone just because he decided to take surgery without talking to the team management, his actual reputation sounds more like “blackball” to me. But I have to be honest, he is past his prime, still you can see the example in Grant Hill, who despite all the injury, after he finally healthy, had a decent season. Maybe T Mac can stay healthy and give us quality numbers and prove he is not only one more piece in the Pistons Injury Prone Collection.

  6. Anonymous - Aug 10, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    McGrady reduced to such an extent, can only blame himself, and giving him the chance, they do not treasure, it takes such a good talent, sad!

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