Desperate times call for desperate measures. In the case of Tracy McGrady and the Detroit Pistons, the overwhelming sense of desperation has produced an unlikely marriage.
The Pistons inked the former All-Star guard to a one-year, $1.3 million dollar contract in a signing first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
Depending on exactly what he has left in the tank McGrady isn't likely to have much an impact at the end of the day. The Pistons are hoping the addition of a big name will provide at least a brief spark in attendance.
Meanwhile, McGrady is hopeful that he will get minutes and plenty of opportunities to touch the ball and launch ill-advised shots.
Here's a look at why the McGrady experiment is destined to be unsuccessful.
Despite little evidence to support the idea that McGrady can still play at a productive level in the NBA, he has plenty of believers. His self-confidence remained strong even when his knee did not.
Nobody has more faith in Tracy McGrady than Tracy McGrady.
The popular early opinion is that the Pistons will provide T-Mac with an ample opportunity to display his skills. That remains to be seen, but it is clear that he might be best suited to handle a very minimal role to keep his body in one piece.
McGrady might be able to mask his shortcomings if he played limited minutes. Instead, with more minutes comes a better opportunity to succeed or fail. The latter seems much more likely.
As if Detroit doesn't already have enough one-dimensional players, the Pistons find themselves with another scorer who has little interest in doing the little things it takes to win.
In his prime, McGrady was a fantastic all-around talent. As his scoring output increased, his interest in maintaining the other aspects of his game began to fade.
A roster full of veterans hungry for shots could make for another tense season in Detroit.
Joe Dumars' problem just became Tracy McGrady's problem.
The Pistons General Manager has assembled with five shooting guards and no true point guards besides Will Bynum, who too has a shoot-first mentality.
As long as Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon are on the roster, McGrady's best chance for minutes will be at small forward. If McGrady doesn't make an effort to rebound and play defense behind Tayshaun Prince, the Pistons could easily bench him in favor of youngsters Austin Daye or DaJuan Summers.
It's about time Joe Dumars gets recognized for running the Pistons franchise straight into the ground. Maybe the signing of McGrady will finally give credit where credit is due.
The Pistons started rebuilding one year before the best free agent crop in NBA history. Dumars signed Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon to the kind of lucrative, long-term deals that kill franchises.
Dumars has selected DaJaun Summers and Austin Daye, who will more or less play the same position once they develop.
Tayshaun Prince is still on the roster. Rip Hamilton is still on the roster. Rodney Stuckey will never be a true point guard and Will Bynum isn't good enough to run a team for an entire season.
Dumars has become the David Kahn of the east, with too many average players at a single position. And he just got another one.
The Pistons have a history of success as a franchise, which in part seems to mask the very serious problems facing the team at the moment.
McGrady has decided to take his talents to one of the most unstable locations in the NBA. Between McGrady and the Pistons, something is almost certain to go wrong.
A job is a job, but T-Mac probably should have considered holding out for an offer from another franchise.
There is nothing worse than an aging roster that doesn't produce wins. That is what the Pistons have, and the addition of McGrady makes it even worse.
Detroit needs to determine if Austin Daye and DaJuan Summers can play. McGrady's presence means that he might be the biggest ticket in town, which could make sitting him on the bench difficult even if it would benefit the franchise in the long run.
The last thing the Pistons needed was another veteran perimeter player.
At the end of the day, McGrady isn't going to help the Pistons win.
The seven-time All-Star has never won a single playoff series and probably never will, barring a mid-season trade to free him from the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
McGrady's reputation could have gotten a big boost had he joined forces with a contender.
Joe Dumars bought himself some time by constructing a NBA Champion. But that happy memory won't be enough to sustain much more futility.
Although the signing of McGrady might spark mild interest from fans and help ticket sales, it isn't likely to clear up the mess Dumars made. There is overwhelming evidence to suggest it will make things even worse for the Pistons.
Dumars needed to make a move to help the franchise. This was clearly the wrong move.
Had McGrady gone out on top with a Championship team, or played any role at all on a playoff team, his selfish and bizarre antics of the last two-plus seasons would have been forgotten. He would have been praised for learning to accept his role and change his game to become a role player.
Instead, he will be remembered as an NBA player who never lived up to his potential or won anything that mattered.
McGrady has gathered a tremendous amount attention despite a body of work that suggests he is finished.
His return to the NBA last season finished some decent moments, but his numbers were very underwhelming. He shot 36 percent from the field and a woeful 24 percent from the line and appeared to be physically exhausted by the end of the season after playing in just 30 games.
His physical appearance and the reactions of the NBA teams who courted him briefly should tell you all you need to know.
Tracy McGrady is finished.