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Good news Bulls fans: At least you’re not getting McGrady

Aug 8, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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After finally signing Marquis Teague, the Bulls have enough money left under the hard-cap apron to sign one more player — a rookie on a minimum deal. Not a second year player, their minimum is too high. Rookie minimum only.

You want some good news, Bulls fans?

That means you can’t sign Tracy McGrady. You talked to him but now he is out of the picture.

Seriously. That’s good news. And it’s the best I can do. Via Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld:

McGrady has received interest from a number of teams including the Chicago Bulls. However, talks between McGrady and the Bulls have ended…. Last season, McGrady averaged 5.3 points, 3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 52 games as a reserve with the Atlanta Hawks. The 33-year-old would like to join a contender, according to sources, and will continue to weigh his options in the coming weeks.

McGrady would not have been a terrible pickup for the Bulls, relative to everyone else they inked this summer. But he would have just been part of the “guys we can get cheap while we wait for 2014 plan” we have been watching. No big improvement.

  1. tonystrong - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Wow, McGrady has been around FOREVER and still is only 33. If injuries haven’t ravaged his career he would still be dropping 18 a game. But the fact is that they have ravaged his career and he’s a shell of himself. It’s probably getting close to time for him to call it a day. He could have went down as one of the more memorable players of this generation had he stayed healthy. It’s sad what the injuries did to his career but it’s even sadder to see him hanging around and not really contributing. If he does get a job, I hope he takes one with a team that is a serious title contender. Unless he’s broke (which I doubt), I don’t understand why he hangs around to play with average teams like the Pistons and Hawks!

  2. numba1recx19 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    He hasn’t had any major injuries since he played for Detroit. He was actually good on Detroit. I think if he can stay healthy, he could average 8-15 off the bench for
    A team that has a injury to important bench players

  3. lmoneyfresh - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Oh, another article dumping on the Bulls offseason. Big shocker. You say, “he would have just been part of the “guys we can get cheap while we wait for 2014 plan” we have been watching. No big improvement.” Umm, if he fits in their plan, and is cheap, then how is it a bad thing? And I can’t think of anybody at that pay scale who would actually improve the team.

    • bucsnsincity - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      I completely agree, it’s not like he would be getting a Carlos boozer comtract… This article is stupid!

  4. meroyero - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    The way you’ve been insulting McGrady sounds like you have a personal hatred for him. You talk as if he would just be dead weight on a team. He played good minutes off the bench for Atl and Det the last 2 seasons and has stayed healthy. At the very least i think he would be a better backup point than whatever they have now.

  5. fmmoreno - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    TMac can still play…. what I saw in him in Hawks uniform is that he wants to be a leader trying to win but seems no team mate gave credit can and at least understand the role he is putting an effort. I am thinking what if TMac was on the Suns last season?. Their veteran players has lead their team effectively. Maybe TMac had revive his career just like Grant Hill had….. OKC should try him out, instead of D.Fish… Tmac is a good fit… He can do what he can do best at this stage, OKC dont need a scoring TMac, but needs him for a purpose to get Russel Westbrook going, going, and going… without thinking to be a passing point guard at times….

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