Tag:Tracy McGrady
Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:37 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 11:57 am
 

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

"" Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Pistons have signed Tracy McGrady to a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum of $1.3 million. McGrady signs after a long, arduous process of trying to find someone willing to take a chance on him despite consistent injury issues and a body that no longer hold the athleticism that made him an All-Star. In Detroit, he'll provide bench scoring, and may make a decision to trade Tayshaun Prince easier for Joe Dumars as he attempts to swing a significant deal to improve the Pistons who struggled last year not only due to injury but significant chemistry problems.

McGrady showed flashes with the Knicks last season of being able to produce points like he used to, but would then follow-up those flashes with crashes back to reality, needing to sit out halves and entire games to recuperate. He has played 65 games over the past two seasons, dealing with ailing knees, shoulders, backs, and a bruised ego. He famously told reporters he would be undergoing surgery before alerting his team, and tried to find a spot on the Heat, Bulls, and Clippers before the Pistons elected to take a chance on him.

Prince has an $11 million expiring contract and is still a productive player when healthy, the kind of asset that can yield big results in a trade to a team looking to dump salary or a major player. If the Pistons decide to go for a cap-clearing move, McGrady provides a reasonable part-time option on the wing, and if the Pistons elect to move Prince for a significant upgrade at another position, it's possible they could take on a similar low-cost, low-minute wing to provide balance to McGrady's inconsistency. Either way, McGrady should help to some small degree with putting butts in seats this season for a team whose attendance has plummetted as they have left title contention.

The significant question is not what McGrady brings to the Pistons, but if his arrival signals the departure of Prince.

Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:42 am
 

Shootaround 8.9.10: Heat to pass 72?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Jeff Van Gundy says the Heat will be historically great : "They will break the single-season win record [of 72],'' Van Gundy told the Miami Herald. "And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers' 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series ... They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will. And with  Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.''
  • Where do the two O'Neal's fit together in Boston? Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston weighs in: "However, I actually see potential in an O'Neal-O'Neal frontcourt. Celtics GM Danny Ainge noted that he was eager to utilize Jermaine O'Neal at the 4 this season, and high-mileage legs aside, I don't see why it can't work against another team's second unit. It's not like they're going to spend 20 minutes together on the court per game, so if you need to lean on that pairing for a sequence or two each game, I don't see a problem."
  • David Aldridge of NBA.com also reports the Pistons are actively discussing McGrady but aren't close to a decision either way. Aldridge also says the Pistons are expected to try and move Prince before the start of the season, thus making room for McGrady.
  • Multiple people have mentioned this, but it's a good question: How does the Knicks consulting job work for Isiah Thomas? With his relationship to the Knicks, wouldn't him coaching at Florida International mean he's having improper contact with underclassmen?
  • Frank Isola of the NY Daily News says Donnie Walsh should walk away : "Walsh is too respected by his peers to take orders from Dolan via Thomas. We know Walsh has no use for Thomas and therefore can't work with him or more precisely work for him. Full autonomy? Please. Thomas is calling the shots now. There is too much distrust and bad blood already for this to be anything less than a terrible marriage. The fact that Dolan can't see that Walsh has done a solid job tells you all you need to know. This is the same guy who blames the media coverage for nine straight losing seasons. So quit, Donnie. Resign. Walk away. You've already said you'll stick it out because you're a class act. But you deserve better."
  • Joakim Noah and the Bulls are talking extension : "Of course that's the goal," he told ESPNChicago.com after a charity event for his Noah's Arc Foundation in Queens on Friday night. "I'm not really worried about it. I think everything's going to happen with time and at the end of the day, I'm really excited about the upcoming season."
  • Robert Parish loves Boston's move for Shaq: “Shaq can still start for at least 15 teams, maybe 20 teams,’’ Parish told the Boston Globe. “I would say that time has caught up with him but he can still be a factor and not to mention defensively. He’s long and has a lot of mass and is going to take up a lot of room and that definitely is where the Celtics’ strong suit is, defensively. I think that’s where he gets it done. I think Shaq will definitely bring a defensive presence along with Garnett. He’s going to cause a lot of havoc defensively and he still can get it done offensively.’’
Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:09 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:16 pm
 

McGrady in talks with Pistons

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
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 12:06 pm
 

McGrady not done for Chicago? And Shaq to Boston?

Posted by Royce Young

At some point, Tracy McGrady and Shaquille O'Neal are going to sign somewhere. I'm convinced.

And as of Friday morning, according to Marc Stein , Chicago had not completely ruled out signing McGrady.

The Bulls were looking hard at Eddie House so with his signing in Miami, Chicago is looking elsewhere to fill out the roster with a scorer. However, Stein says Chicago continues to look at lower profile options like Keith Bogans and Roger Mason.

The main issue with the Bulls for McGrady is that he wants to guarantee of a prominant role. And obviously the Bulls are looking at this as a role player off the bench kind of thing. The Bulls are looking for McGrady to accept any role he's handed and live with it with no complaints.

The Bulls could certainly use another scoring threat on the perimeter, so if they do cave and give in to McGrady, Stein reports it's believed Chicago would push for a non-guaranteed contract for next year so they can dismiss him without worrying about the pocket book if the experiment goes wrong.

As for Shaq, it looks like the big guy is pushing for Boston, but he's not going to like the veteran minimum that the Celtics will offer. Shaq has really four choices at this point: Take minimum money and play in Boston, take less money and play in Atlanta, take less money and minutes and play in San Antonio or take more money and minutes and play for a bad team.

The injury to Kendrick Perkins gives Boston more inclination to do something, and Stein mentions the possibility of looking at Kwame Brown as well. The Celtics only have minimum money available and not even Brown is wanting to take that, Stein says. So obviously Shaq probably isn't too pumped about it either.
Posted on: July 29, 2010 12:18 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Heat round out (current) roster with House

Posted by Royce Young

As if the Miami Heat needed more scoring and talent, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reports the Heat have signed guard Eddie House to a two-year contract for the veteran minimum of $2.8 million. The second year of the deal is a player option for $1.4 million.

Wojnarowski mentions Miami beat out the Chicago Bulls to get House. House is 32, but still a productive offensive player. In his career, House has made 749 3-pointers and shot almost 40 percent from distance. He played a vital role in the Celtics 2008 championship and is a quality team player and understands a role well.

The Heat have built an impressive roster around Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Mike Miller is an excellent shooter and scorer to bring off the bench. Then there's veteran talent like Juwan Howard, Udonis Haslem, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Jamaal Magloire. And now a player like House that can provide a number of baskets in a short amount of time on the floor. If you can't stand an applaud Pat Riley for constructing this roster from nothing, you probably live in Cleveland. Despite the apparent underhand dealings and controversy around it, this is quite a collection of talent.

This puts the Heat roster at 15, though a contract like Shavlik Randolph or Kenny Hasbrouck is likely non-guaranteed so a player like that could be waived in training camp. Also of note as Wojnarowski mentions is that the Heat are still weighing the possibility of signing free agent Tracy McGrady, league sources said.

Bosh, Wade, LeBron, McGrady, House, Miller... goodness. How many points a game could this group score?
Posted on: July 27, 2010 8:51 am
 

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

Posted by Matt Moore

It seemed like such a fine idea. The Bulls need veteran scorers. Tracy McGrady is a veteran scorer that needs a team. The Bulls almost added him in the draft, and then again almost added him in free agency. Here's a chance for him to finish his career on the team. They need depth at wing. McGrady's willing to come off the bench. It seemed like such a fine idea.

Except for that pesky thing called reality.

Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports on McGrady's workout with the Chicago Bulls yesterday, and it did not go well. It should come as no surprise that McGrady has lost his explosiveness, but hearing the words "ordinary player" used to describe him has to damage the ego. What's worse, from Smith's report, it would seem that the biggest problem with McGrady was not his play, but the circus he brought with him.

McGrady followed the workout by talking at length about what he can bring to the team, how he can help the Bulls contend for a title. That assessment belies a continuing denial on the part of McGrady regarding his own impact on the floor. What's worse, McGrady told reporters that along with Carlos Boozer, he could help the Bulls win percentage improve by 30 points to .800. So, you know, just about 25 wins.

McGrady can contribute, but he's got to be honest about who he is and what he brings. He should talk about bringing leadership and consistency (without specifically referencing his own playoff resume which lacks both of those attributes). He should not set expectations or maek projections. But with the Bulls, according to Smith, it may already be too late. Smith says it's "doubtful" the Bulls sign McGrady.

The circus rolls on to the next town.
Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:38 am
Edited on: July 26, 2010 2:36 pm
 

Shootaround: 7.26.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • Stan Van Gundy isn't a true believer in this CP3 to Orlando stuff : "Much ado about nothing,'' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy Saturday told the Orlando Sentinel when asked about reports linking his team to Paul. "We are only involved in this story because someone said he wants to be traded and someone said he wants to come to Orlando,'' Van Gundy told FanHouse Sunday. "It's a New Orleans and Chris Paul story.''
  • Hornets' fans are disappointed with Chris Paul. And how could you blame them? Any time a player wants out of a contract or asks for a trade, it's seen only as betrayal. And for a guy like Paul who seemed so happy in New Orleans just a few years ago, asking out now just looks like a copout.
  • KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on Tracy McGrady's situation: "The Bulls have made no definitive decisions on the future of Tracy McGrady, who will work out for management on Monday. McGrady, a seven-time All-Star, is trying to find a home after playing just 30 games last season because of microfracture surgery on his left knee in February 2009. McGrady has been effusively public in his desire to play for the Bulls, whom he toyed with in 2000 free agency."
  • More advice from LeBron to CP3, as Frank Isola of the NY Daily News shares : "It is being reported that LeBron James is advising Chris Paul that he should remain in the Western Conference thus forming a potential rivalry with the Miami Heat should Paul's new team and Miami both reach the Finals. Can you imagine getting career advice from this guy? I'm really hoping that Paul hung up the phone when James offered that suggestion. If LeCon cares so much about rivalries, why did leave Cleveland to play second banana to Dwyane Wade?"

Posted on: July 25, 2010 3:31 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 3:32 pm
 

Bulls ready to sign McGrady

Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls are prepared to sign Tracy McGrady if he proves to be healthy enough for their liking in a workout Monday and can convince the team he is willing to accept a bench role, Marc Stein of ESPN reports .

McGrady is a player willing to take a paycut as Stein mentions, mainly because he made $23 million from New York and Houston last season. And if Chicago is to sign him, he'll surely take a significant dip in pay.

McGrady is still just 31, but has battled numerous injuries over the past few season. Regardless, he'd be a welcome addition to the young Bulls that are definitely looking for some scoring punch to go with Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer. Last season in New York he averaged just 9.4 points per game in 24 starts, but that was coming back from serious microfracture surgery on his left knee. At times, most notably his first game with the Knicks, McGrady showed flashes of what could be if he can get back in shape and regain just a little bit of his form.

T-Mac worked out for the Clippers last week as well, but that appears to been more of a show in order to persuade Chicago to pull the trigger in offering up a deal. McGrady has long wanted to play in Chicago as he nearly signed with the Bulls in 2000 and drew serious interest before the draft in 1997.

McGrady would be Chicago's sixth acquisition this offseason, joining Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson and Kurt Thomas. The Heat made the big splash this offseason, bu quietly, the Bulls are building a pretty scary roster. If McGrady is added and can somehow summon some of his talents back, the East will be very interesting this year.

 
 
 
 
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