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McGrady in talks with Pistons

Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:09 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:16 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Over the past few weeks, Tracy McGrady has been thought to be signing with the Bulls. There was serious interest from both sides in working something out, though McGrady couldn't get on board with accepting whatever role Chicago handed him. So the Bulls went a different direction and signed Keith Bogans.

But it hasn't taken long for McGrady to move on. Reports are that McGrady is in talks with the Pistons and general manager Joe Dumars confirmed that the team has indeed had internal talks about the veteran swingman. Draft Express even reported that McGrady signed a one-year, veteran minimum contract with Detroit. Though that report from DX appears to be a little premature.

McGrady is a a two-time scoring champ but has struggled with a chronic back injury and was still recovering from 2009 microfracture as he went through last season playing mostly for New York. He's been somewhat of an interesting free agent this summer because he's one of the game's most unique scorers that has suffered from injuries but still clearly has something left. He's looking for the right team and hoping that team wants him back.

With Detroit though, the Pistons already have a batch of wingmen  on the roster including Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye and DaJuan Summers. So figuring out how to put McGrady into that group seems a little difficult. If anything, Dumars must believe the team needs an added push and maybe thinks the fanbase needs something to energize it as well.
Category: NBA

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2010 11:10 pm

T Mac's Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings

Tracy McGrady (SG)
Vince Carter (SF)
Stephon Marbury (PG)
Shaquille O'Meal (C)
Zach Randolph* (PF)

* Pre-Grizzlies

This team would be awesome!  They would score 150 points every game but they would still lose by 25.

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2010 8:11 pm

McGrady in talks with Pistons

No one can deny that Tmac is going downhill at an alarming rate. Went from being clutch in Houston to now struggling to even find a bench role. Thats what happens when you talk big but are too injured to back it up.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2010 2:08 pm

McGrady in talks with Pistons

Sorry I disagree. He has never won anything and his success has had more to do with individual numbers than winning. Chicago made the right decision not to sign him.
First of all it's not Chicago that made that decision ( do a little more research) it's McGrady that turned Chicago down....  as a matter of fact the Bulls are still apparantly agressively pursuing McGrady...

Second of all, he hasn't played on a team that had a chance to win it all.. the teams he played for were not built to win championships...  if you watch the NBA you know that very few  teams even get there.. it's the same teams over and over and over again that win..

So in you're mind there are very few players worth anything because a very very small percentage of players have won anything...

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2010 11:35 am

McGrady in talks with Pistons

I don't see why they shouldn't sign Tmac for the veteran minimum and then try harder to move Prince and Hamilton.  They obviously are in a rebuilding period and they should try to move those two.  Meanwhile they take a relatively low risk gamble on a guy who may turn out really well like McDyess.  This is as low risk a move as it gets.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2010 10:00 am

McGrady in talks with Pistons

Spillmo- McGrady is a proven guy when healthy? Sorry I disagree. He has never won anything and his success has had more to do with individual numbers than winning. Chicago made the right decision not to sign him.

That being said, the Detroit situation is different. Tayshaun and Hamilton have not been that healthy either and this team is in a rut. So if McGrady will sign a year contract at minimum Detroit should do it IF AND ONLY IF he looks healthy in workouts and comes in with the right mindset- knowing he will be support and not the show.

McGrady should have a good year. He will be playing to prove he still has it and will be playing for a contract. For a player who has always been about his own numbers- this should be the year he shines to whatever extent his broken down body will allow.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:06 am

McGrady in talks with Pistons

Nice. This does sound like a new era Pistons transaction. I realize they don't have cap money this year but what are they doing? Why didnt they trade Hamilton and/or Prince months ago while they still have some trade value. Now signing TMac on top of it. Woopty doo. I miss the days of being spoiled as a Pistons fan.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2010 1:54 am

McGrady in talks with Pistons

For all the K-Marts (really isn't the same player since college) and STATs (became more well rounded not nearly as explosive) there are Jamal Mashburns and Allan Houstons.. Anyway Detroit is looking to move Hamilton and probably Prince but they have young guys like Terrico White and Austin Daye who should get those minutes instead of Tmac. Of course if he can give them some sort of buzz they should go for it

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:50 pm

McGrady in talks with Pistons

It does make you go hmmmm...But it's a low risk move that could have some high benefit and if not, so what he's not getting paid major dollars. But it does make you wonder if they are going to make another move. It's also interesting to add a player that gets injured that often to a team that had enough of their own injuries last year.

Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:44 pm

McGrady in talks with Pistons

 McGrady is a proven guy provided he is healthy, but lets face it, that knee injury was one of the more difficult to return from. While everyone who has obtained that particular injury, not only did they return, but they produced a  great maximums,take Kenyon Martin, and Amare Stoudamire for examples, but Detroit has enough big guns at the SG position already, right? Makes u go hmmmnnnn..... 

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