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Report: McGrady officially signs deal to play in China

Oct 9, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

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We told you it was coming and it didn’t take long to get the deal done.

Tracy McGrady, wildly popular in China from his days playing next to Yao Ming, has signed a deal to play with Qingdao in the Chinese league this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This is a one-year contract.

McGracy had wanted an NBA contract but couldn’t get a guaranteed one, he was not terribly impressive for the Hawks last season, but this is a good option for him. McGrady will make good money but also prove he can still play the game at a high level.

If he does, the Chinese season ends in March and McGrady could latch on with a contender for the stretch run and playoffs.

  1. superseahawk - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Good stuff, I hope he does well enough to play for an NBA team again, I’ve always liked the dude.

  2. shaolin916 - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    This man has never won a playoff series in his career, why would a contender want him now? Especially out of his prime?

  3. necr0philia - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Yes,I too wish him all the best!! He was my favorite player years ago! The dunk off the backboard over 2 or 3 players in the all star game was sick. Poor man plagued with injuries and family deaths. Good luck T Mac.

  4. goldmember21 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    This is sad

    • borderline1988 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      On one hand, it is sad to see another scoring champion struggle to get an NBA contract.

      But on the other hand, good for him. China gives him a second chance to prove he can still ball, and he can make money doing so. They also love him there.
      This opportunity wouldn’t have been around even a few years ago. If he has a good season, he’ll be back on an NBA bench next year, or even this season. Isn’t he only like 33?

  5. talkingfan - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    I’ll like to see this dude come off lakers bench.

  6. numba1recx19 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Marbury plays in china. He was so good last season that they have a statue and they admire him. Imagine what tmac could do out there. I’m a pistons fan and honestly, he shined at times, he just needs to stay healthy. He’d be a great vet and maybe at the end of season become a bench player.

  7. 20dollardinners - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    He is still solid. I am surprised no team thought he was worth the vet minimum.

  8. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    TMac, I never saw this coming. Good luck and just play ball.

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