NBA Rumors: Jumping to China Would Be Right Move for Tracy McGrady

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 9, 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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Former All-Star Tracy McGrady has little value for any NBA team this season, and he will find a much more fitting end to his excellent career in China, which works out well for him because it appears that's where he's headed.

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski dishes the latest. 

Y! Sources: Tracy McGrady finalizing deal to play season for Qingdao of Chinese Basketball Association.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 8, 2012

McGrady is a free agent, and the fact that he has yet to secure an NBA contract means he is faced with the prospect of earning a spot in training camp, and whatever spot he does earn, is not likely to come with a lot of playing time, or a lucrative contract.

The 33-year-old spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks where he averaged 5.1 points in 16.1 minutes per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field. He still knows how to get the ball in the bucket efficiently, but he doesn't offer much else.

The writing has been on the wall for a while now as he has been limping to the end of a fine career after injuries and age stripped him of his unique blend of size and athleticism. After scoring at least 21.6 points per game for eight consecutive seasons, he has not averaged more than 9.4 in any of the last four seasons. 

So instead of watching his slide to irrelevance continue, he can now take his game to China, and if healthy, delight fans with a polished offensive arsenal, and do so while knowing he has a guaranteed contract waiting for him.

While the massive jump down in talent has to be a blow to the ego, his ego had to be ready for that after an offseason without getting a contract.

McGrady has little else to gain or prove on an NBA court. It is time for him to enjoy playing the game while his body still allows him to. Playing in China, where you'd expect him to score prodigiously, is a far better alternative than scraping his way to a bottom-feeder, NBA-roster spot and riding the pine.