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Report: Tracy McGrady finalizing deal to play in China

Oct 8, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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Tracy McGrady was looking for another year in the NBA, a 16th NBA season.

But not finding a guaranteed deal, he is taking his talents to the port city of Qingdao, China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

McGrady, 33, will likely complete the deal within the next couple days and leave for China within the next one to two weeks, sources said. McGrady’s long-time partnership with former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming made McGrady a popular player in China, and he’ll be afforded star status there.

As Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith (among others) did last year, the Chinese Basketball Association ending in March allows McGrady to come back as a free agent at the end of the season and latch on with a team.

If a team wants him. He’ll need to show it with his play. Last year with the Hawks McGrady barely played 16 minutes a game and averaged 6.3 points a game. He no longer has the explosive athleticism that so long defined his game, but he still brings some veteran presence to a locker room.

  1. tomtravis76 - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    China is the NBA seniors league?

  2. tcclark - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    it’s a shame there isn’t like an expansion team where some of these former all-stars could go to get starter minutes. They wouldn’t be very good, but can you imagine a team with guys like Iverson, McGrady, Kenyon Martin, Baron Davis, Jerry Stackhouse, etc. They would be able to build a fan base easily. They would have the highest attendance for a terrible team in history. Maybe they could swing a deal for Vince Carter and have Iverson, Carter, and McGrady starting. I’d get season tickets to watch that. Then they’d pick first overall and start to get better.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      no need for an expansion team, we already have the Bobcats

      • tcclark - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        yeah but they have a fan base and a core of young players. The only reason a team would ever sign all of these players was because they were brand new, had not invested draft picks in young players, and needed a way to build a fan base.

        With that being said, the NBA definitely doesn’t need an expansion team.

  3. goldmember21 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Old nba elite farts play in China

  4. greej1938l - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    I agree Clark. Watching those guys on a team… Carter McGrady stackhouse iverson boykins I bet mutumbo would unretire…in realistic I know, but would sell tickets

  5. badintent - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    why is T-mac still playing? He’s broke or about to be. like 95 % of all NBA players.Most can’t balance a check book . Or say no to a hoe. Pathetic

    • tcclark - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      You know, surprisingly, some basketball players don’t just play for the paycheck. They actually like the game.

  6. mannyicey - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    T-mac loves the game. Who are you, his accountant?

    By the way, he gave the Hawks some good minutes last year. His shot’s still nice. He hustled on defense. He even dunked in traffic. He still has some skills, but he’s just getting old.

    Stackhouse though, showed his age last year with the Hawks. When he got off the bench, I wanted to see him in the booth with the other old guys, commenting about how they used to do it in the new wave 90s.

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