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Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 4:24 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

The Hawks appear to be losing their top bench option in Jamal Crawford so they're trying to cost effectively replace him. How? With a 32-year-old former scoring champ.

According to ESPN.com, the Hawks have agreed to a one-year deal with Tracy McGrady for the veteran minimum. McGrady, a shooting guard/small forward combo player, spent last season in Detroit quietly having a nice season off the bench for the Pistons. He averaged 8.0 points in 23.4 minutes per game. The oft-injured McGrady made it through last season without a major hiccup, playing in 72 games while starting 39.

McGrady can't officially sign with the team until Friday when free agency actually begins. But teams have been allowed to speak to agents for more than a week and could negotiate directly with players as of Monday.

McGrady has been in the league though 15 seasons and has appeared in 886 games. That's a lot.

The Hawks don't have a lot of depth to start with and really won't have much if Crawford, an unrestricted free agent, signs with someone else. Right now, there's nobody behind Joe Johnson and the starting small forward is Josh Smith with Marvin Williams behind him. So it's very likely McGrady will serve as Johnson's backup.

It's just a matter of how McGrady has left in the tank and if he can stay healthy. If so, he's going to make a nice piece for a contender. Depth is always extremely important and even more so in a shortened season with games packed together like they are.

McGrady's had a prolific career scoring the ball in Toronto and Houston, and has played in New York and Detroit. The Hawks will be the fifth franchise for him. And with him only being 32 still, I doubt it is his last.
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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:58 am
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

The idea that McGrady has no heart is ignorant.  The man played hurt throughout most of his career, most noteably in Houston.  He played when he should have sit out for the better of his career.  If that doesn't show one cares, I'm not sure what does.  If you watched his career as closely as I did; you watched a guy limp to carry a team in hopes of wins...only to fall short cause throughout his entire career he never had enough support.  He signed in Orlando only to have Hill sit on the bench for nearly 4 years.  He then teams up with Yao only to see Yao struggle more than TMAC did when it comes to injuries.  And many times, lost his PG too (Sura/Brooks) when it matter most in the playoffs.  The guy who should have sat out and got knee/shoulder surgery played on anyway....and carried the team to the playoffs and in a 6 game exit.  This man has shown more class and heart than most.  And all the teams do is crap on him...media do and fans do.  What a crock.  Let's just say he is a better man than his critics.  You never have to question that TMAC wants to play and he wants to win.  Good for him he's signed for a good team.

As a TMAC fan, I'm just happy to see him still playing and on a playoff caliber team.  Atlanta is a nice team and each time they make the playoffs, they underachieve.  Maybe TMAC can bring some veteran leadership and play by example and help these guys out.  One thing I do know; teams like TMAC.  Teammates always have good things to say about him.  So maybe he can bring a team some life.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

McGrady has Vince Carter disease: loads of talent and no heart. It runs in the family.

This is one of the dumbest signings yet. Atlanta seems to be working towards assuring themselves a #8 seed and a round 1 exit.

Royce: please be careful of your descriptors. McGrady has not had a prolific career. It has been a disappointing career; so much potential, so little accomplished. Even in his prime he had trouble stringing together solid games. 



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:12 am
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

u 4get the lakers squad that put carl malone sean peyton and some other stars 2gether, also how about boston with garnett, ray allen and paul pierce. lebron is not the 1st to do this just the best. this is a free country and he is free to play anywhere he wants. stop being a HATER. lm sure some other readers can add to this list. <<< B 4 REAL>>>



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:12 am
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

LOL if there is any time i will remember T-Mac the most (Pretty much where that nickname started) it would be with the Magic. The one team this writer left out...



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:52 am
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

As a Pistons fan, Celebrate Good Times, c'mon!



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:08 am
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

Royce Young fails to mention his Magic days. Wow CBS truly does hire morons.




Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

Wow, I was thinking the same thing! How do you forget that T-Mac played for Orlando?? Bush league.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

McGrady's had a prolific career scoring the ball in Toronto and Houston, and has played in New York and Detroit. The Hawks will be the fifth franchise for him. And with him only being 32 still, I doubt it is his last. 

As another user mentioned, Tracy McGrady also played for the Orlando Magic for 4 seasons.. You know, that place where he lead the league in PPG in 2002-2003.. 
I'm sure it's an honest mistake, but any basketball fan of the past decade could remember T-Mac in a Magic jersey.. Those were by far the best years of his career (despite the fact that it was due to him being the sole weapon in the Magic's arsenal at that time). 

It is comical that one could mention T-Mac playing in New York for 24 games, but not recall his 4 years of prolific scoring in Orlando.
The Hawks will be McGrady's 6th franchise. 

At any rate, just something you might change in the article.

Cheers 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

Atlanta will be T-Mac's sixth team -- you forgot to count Orlando, where he ironically had his best years.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Report: McGrady agrees to 1-year deal with Hawks

As a die hard Pistons fan, I'm not upset in the least to see McGrady depart.  The Pistons are overstocked with SG's and Sf's anyway.  The rebuilding process in the NBA is going to be tough with the tendancy now for the stars to converge together to make superteams...thanks alot #6. 


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