NBA Rumors: Tracy McGrady Would Be Smart Move for Charlotte Bobcats

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 08:  Tracy McGrady #1 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after a three-point basket against the Indiana Pacers at Philips Arena on February 8, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With the start of the NBA season rapidly approaching, teams are still looking to make little moves to fill out their rosters and add depth in order to make it through a long 82-game season. 

One team that still needs a lot of help is the Charlotte Bobcats, who had one of the worst seasons in North American professional sports in 2011. They did add Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, probably the best athlete in this class, with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, but there is still a long way to go. 

An interesting name that has popped up on their radar is Tracy McGrady, who, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, could be in line for an audition with the Bobcats. 

I hear Tracy McGrady might work out with the #Bobcats some, similar to how Josh Howard did. All informal and exploratory.

— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) September 4, 2012

McGrady played in 52 games with the Hawks last season, averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He has come a long way in the last two years, showing that he is at least capable of making it on to the court. 

No one expects the T-Mac of old, when he was one of the most proficient scorers in the league. But as a player who can come off the bench, add valuable minutes and possibly contribute a handful of points, the Bobcats could do a lot worse. 

This is a franchise in a state of flux, clearly. They finally found what they hope will be the franchise player in this year's draft. They just need pieces to get through this season before they can add more talent in next year's draft. 

That doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement for McGrady—it isn't—but it is far better for a team like the Bobcats to go after cheap solutions than trying to scour the market for players, either via free agency or trades, that will cost them a lot of money and merely add a couple more wins here and there. 

I compare the Bobcats situation to what the Houston Astros are doing in Major League Baseball. The Astros got rid of almost all their overpriced assets who were not going to be there next year, or were signed for far more money than they were worth. Essentially, the team blew the whole thing up. 

It is important for the Bobcats to not try anything drastic to win 20 games next season instead of, say, 16. They need to have a plan in place that will get them to compete consistently in a few years. 

McGrady doesn't offer much, but he also isn't going to cost much. He can fill out a roster that does need some help to make it through 82 games.