Knicks Rumors: Potential Tracy McGrady Signing Would Enhance Depth off the Bench

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerContributor IIISeptember 15, 2012

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Tracy McGrady has been one of the more prominent and well-known players in the NBA over the last decade. He made the All-Star team seven consecutive seasons, dating from 2001 to 2007, and he's a two-time NBA scoring champion. 

Initially a member of the Toronto Raptors, T-Mac rose to fame as a member of the Orlando Magic and continued on as a premier NBA player after being acquired by the Houston Rockets in 2004. 

McGrady was the focal point of the Rockets during his time there, but shoulder and knee surgeries limited his playing time and resulted in a diminished role. 

Since McGrady was no longer the center of the team, he was traded to the New York Knicks, with whom he appeared in 24 games and averaged just 9.4 points per game. 

Over the last two seasons, T-Mac has been with the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. He played in a combined 124 games between the two teams and has averaged just 6.65 points per game over the last two seasons. 

It's clear that McGrady is not the same game-changing force he used to be, but under the right circumstances, he could offer considerable value in a back-up role. 


New York Kicks Eyeing Tracy McGrady 

The New York Knicks were Tracy McGrady's team in 2010, but the Knicks may be looking to bring back the aging star for the upcoming season. 

According to The New York Times, the Knicks held a workout for the 33-year-old McGrady and are considering him as an option for their final roster spot. 

One train of thought would call for the Knicks to give the final spot to a younger player with more long-term upside, but on the other hand, a veteran such as McGrady would have something to offer immediately. 

McGrady also offers the veteran presence that a younger player would not bring to the table, which is a big deal for a team that's hoping to compete immediately. If McGrady is finally healthy and trusted with only a minor role, there's a chance he could exceed expectations and provide more value than the Knicks are expecting. 

And with Derrick Rose and LeBron James in the same conference, the Knicks will need someone to surprisingly step up and improve the team beyond expectations.