NBA Rumors: Tracy McGrady Reportedly Works out for Spurs
Free-agent shooting guard Tracy McGrady still hasn't found a team for next season, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the veteran worked out with the San Antonio Spurs. He will also get a chance to impress the New York Knicks brass this week.
Wojnarowski states McGrady has been seeking a guaranteed contract, which NBA teams have been hesitant to offer him. A trip to training camp with an interested team or going overseas to play are the most likely scenarios.
It's not a surprise no team has been willing to give McGrady any type of guarantee given his history of injuries and lack of production recently. He averaged just five points and three rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks last season.
The former first-round pick hasn't averaged double-digit points since the 2008-09 season with the Houston Rockets. Even though he's just 33, his body has broken down after more than a decade in the league.
Which team would be a better fit for McGrady?
Long gone are the days of McGrady being a high-flying scoring champion, but his past performance earns him at least a courtesy look from teams like the Spurs and Knicks to see if he might be able to rekindle some of that past magic.
On paper, the Spurs would actually be a good fit, if he's healthy. They have one of the deepest rotations in the NBA, which would allow head coach Gregg Popovich to limit McGrady's minutes like he does with his other aging stars.
San Antonio would also benefit from having another perimeter scorer on the roster to help lessen the load on the big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili even further.
Alas, if the Spurs were really interested in locking McGrady up, they probably would have worked hard to get a deal done before he went to visit the Knicks. That doesn't mean they won't sign him, but it shows it wasn't a top priority.
After McGrady meets with the Knicks, he'll have to reassess his options. At the very least, getting workouts is a step in the right direction after a quiet offseason for the former All-Star player.
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