Tracy McGrady has agreed to join the San Antonio Spurs according to Yahoo! Sports.
Tracy McGrady will sign with the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of the season, league sources tell Y! Sports.
This is likely with the injuries that have plagued the team this season with Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and the release of Stephen Jackson. McGrady adds some offense for the struggling Spurs. It is also worth mentioning that T-Mac is playoff eligible since he has not played in the NBA this season.
McGrady has not been sitting around. He was an All-Star in China in the Chinese Basketball League and performing well. However, that was the CBA and not NBA competition.
For his 15-season NBA career, he has averaged 19.6 points while shooting 43% from the field. He played last season in Atlanta and averaged 5.3 points, 3 rebounds and shot 43% in 52 games. Of course he also did this to the Spurs back when he was with Houston.
Although his best days are behind him, the Spurs had to find someone who can replace Jackson and be playoff eligible. T-Mac fits the bill.
He may be a low-risk signing but how fast can he mesh into the Spurs' system with the playoffs days away and will coach Popovich play him adequate minutes?
What do you have to say Spurs fans on the signing of T-Mac?
Tmac is coming from China averaging 25 ppg, and who know what kind of treatment he got out there on his knees without the NBA watching...lol
One of three things will happen with T-Mac on the team:
1. Tracy gets very little minutes, contributes sparingly in limited playing time until Manu and Diaw come back. He doesn't drastically improve the team, nor does he make the team worse.
2. Tracy becomes a ball hog on the bench and/or makes too many bonehead plays, ends up being a bench warmer throughout the playoffs because Pop doesn't want to see anymore of it.
3. Tracy realizing this may be his last chance to get that elusive NBA ring, he turns the clock back and becomes a serious contributor off the bench (like Manu in the 2005 playoffs), which in turn makes us a much more dangerous team than what we were in the regular season.
One of those three WILL happen. I pray to God, Allah, Buddha, Universal Consciousness, The Source, Cosmic Energy, Infinite Intelligence, WHATEVER NAME YOU PREFER, that #3 ends up manifesting in reality.
@ajd21 #2 is highly unlikely. T-Mac is far from a boneheaded player. He's one of the smartest players I've ever seen. His problem is he's so freaking lazy. You should change #2 to say "makes too many lazy plays (or non-plays)."
@ajd21 No. 2 will never happen. Not with Pop as your coach.No.1 is the more realistic oneNo.3......Is what me and the rest of San Antonio faithful all around the world are praying for now.
@ajd21 #3 pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Kind of makes you think if Jackson was referring to T Mac when he said on Instagram he will never admit a player is better than him.
@JeffProjectSpurs I think we can infer it was Kawhi he was referring to. At first I thought it was Red Rocket, but now I'm pretty sure it was Leonard. Lol
Tracey McGrady please... The real truth is that Jackson was cocky the first time he was gone, and this time Jackson is gone because he is cocky, smart, and a Captain. Like it or not this was the truth. General Pop just did not like that the Captain on a day to day basis has as much influence as a General. Just kiss and make up and get Jackson back in uniform Please.
He's no difference maker throughout his WHOLE CAREER! What you guys expect him to do? 13 point in 35 second AGAIN?
@WOWWOWBAD Now this is the kind of mentality that will put SA to the top. Just sit on the couch man and stay positive.
OK let's say he does to well in the postseason... do the SAS sign him up for next year knowing he will be entering his 16th NBA season?
@JeffProjectSpursHey Jeff, how much $ did it cost to sign T-Mac? Knowing them must be peanuts.
@JeffProjectSpurs Zero chance in hell that happens. This is just a patchwork fix so that Kawhi isn't playing 40+ minutes a night from here on out. The only upside to this move is that T-Mac cannot be any worse than Jackson these next few months at least statistically.
I thought I read somewhere that he showed up for tryouts/training camp back during the pre-season?
To call him your SF "insurance" move so late into the season would be very much high risk wouldn't it? Who knows.. but its seems to be very late in the game to be signing anyone and have any thought that they could produce anything other than a few turnovers in garbage time - due to not knowing the system...
I know I know, think positive lol.. its Tracy McGrady!
...come to think of it, yeah I recall reading that too. hope he's still in nba shape (although he's coming off a stint in china)
This is a really low risk signing that I love because maybe he can finally spark something in a recently lifeless Spur offense. I wish it came earlier, though, because he probably will play less than 5 minutes a game in the playoffs because he was signed so late
tracy WAS a decent defender too. if he is 1/3 of what he has been in china then hes golden. i wonder if he gets any minutes at all in the playoffs, especially with pop talking 40 mpg for leonard.
Yea veteran shooter ! It can't hurt at all. I'm for it. I thought J-Mike Green from the Toros would be a good experience for the young athletic very long-armed guy, who can run and rebound too. Oh well T-Mac shoot away !! And he knows how to do that for sure! Go Spurs !!!
Yes, the last game of season has now become must see tv. For sure, t-mac gets some run in that game!
@JayceeTy he is a great fit for us!
@rtesoro440 @ChrisCano I don't know about his corporate knowledge of the Spurs way and system since he's a very late signing. What he gives us nevertheless is another good ball handler, passer and shot creator for himself and others while Manu or to a lesser intent Tony gets all healed up. Personally, I like the sf. Mcgrady. 2g. Neal 1g. Gino combination in the second unit backcourt. There's a lot more options and combos available to Coach Pop esp with the dismissal of Jackson and injury to Manu and Boris. At least, in the first round.
I mean he doesn't have to do much,he probably has to play 8-10 min a game in the first round, till Manu gets back in form.
The last game of the regular season has become must see TV. I wonder if this was in the works prior to Jackson being waived. I am not used to these lightning moves by Spurs. As @poundingtherock points out, T-mac is younger and he needs to play a minor role here. I don't know how much playing time he would get. It usually takes a long while for players to learn our system. That being said it's been unfortunate to see lineups where only Gary Neal can get his own shot and that's only barely. This adds a new wrinkle to our bench. It's pretty low risk move. If he gives anything in the playoffs it would be worth it. I don't think though he'll play almost at all.