Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  27 responses

Bulls May Give T-Mac a Second Look

The two sides once stared into each other‘s eyes but couldn‘t pull the trigger on the deal. Will this time be any different? : “One of the regrettable chapters in recent Bulls history was the failed free-agent pursuit of 2000. The No. 1 target was Toronto’s Tracy McGrady, who was met at O’Hare Airport by mascots, Luv-a-Bulls and a three-piece band playing `Sweet Home Chicago.` It was all for naught as McGrady chose Orlando. Nearly 10 years later, the Bulls may get another chance. McGrady recently left the Houston Rockets and both sides reportedly will seek a trade. Sources suggested the Bulls are open to acquiring McGrady, who is just 30 years old. The 6-foot-8 swingman is the NBA’s highest-paid player at $23.2 million, but his contract ends after the season. A trade with the Bulls would almost have to include the expiring contracts of Brad Miller and Jerome James. The Bulls might also be interested in moving John Salmons to guarantee a larger amount of cap space next summer. He’s owed $6.5 million next season but has an option to terminate the deal and become a free agent.”

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  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    sounds like a trade to me! Pull the trigger!

  • Epsilon Nupe

    I agree, They’re already a bad team, so they have nothing to lose

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    this has BIG implications for this summer’s free agency circus. If Mac goes there and stays next year for the vet minimum, they can afford Bosh or Stoudamire and maybe another 2nd tier free agent role player to add to Deng, Noah and Rose. that makes them VERY dangerous, especially if T-Mac can become like a consistent Grant Hill type contributor

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    @The Real. No chance. The only way T-Mac can become “a consistent Grant Hill” is if he joins him in PHX and lets the staff do their thing.

  • God Shamgod

    People can say this is a bad trade for the Bulls, but your renting the guy for a few months really. They get more cap space, because Salmons next year option is out of the question, and a similar caliber player to him in McGrady if he can stay on the court. Pull the trigger Bulls.

  • BostonBaller

    It all hinges on Rose. Will he slow Rose’s progress, how much will he contribute or take away in the locker room? Come on REAL, be for real…do you honestly think McGrady would take a vet exempt contract?

  • http://www.twitter.com/dominicderose dlouis

    Bulls probably should to make this trade. In the short term, it is hard to imagine that T-Mac couldn’t outplay Salmons. Salmons has lost his minutes to Hinrich and T-Mac would essentially be the 7th man behind Gibson/Tyrus. If T-Mac averages a consistent 8 ppg in 15-17 minutes, it would be an improvement over Salmons. Plus it couldn’t hurt Rose having a former NBA superstar on the team. Looking forward, it would be nice to get rid of Salmons $6m option and insure the cap space for a max contract and a solid role player. I think Reinsdorf has to break the luxury tax next year in order to hopefully get a superstar, solid role player(s) and keep Tyrus. The last two games have shown that Tyrus is the engine for the team, and the Bulls are 5-2 with him in the lineup this year.

    Bulls have won 4 of the last 6 and are only 4 games behind Miami and 2 behind Toronto. Banging out a quick run doesn’t seem that far fetched now that Tyrus is back.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    t-mac looks like he’s packed on a few pounds

  • slamfan4life

    T-mac’s been working really hard to recover from his injuries back to is AS status, it’s just that hes SUPER injury prone and his game is really more halfcourt type than the bulls (and houstons) faster paced style.

    But Rose+McGrady would be fun to watch….

  • Black Knight

    T-mac is still a first option type of guy, don’t sleep on him.

  • Rich

    What happened to all those folks who thought Salmons could replace BG??

  • LA Huey

    Who thinks that Houston really wants to trade McGrady if they can’t get an All-Star in return? Yeah, they agreed to try to trade him but the market looks kinda weak from the Rockets perspective. They might be better served in going after Bosh, Boozer, or Joe Johnson this summer.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Rich, I was one of those dudes. I’ve come out and said I was wrong in a previous post, but I should probably say it again. Damn, was I wrong! I would like to see tmac in chicago, but why is it that every time a chicago team finally gets a star (assuming it will happen), he’s old as dirt or an injury waiting to happen?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Why would Houston do this?

  • cds1

    T-mac is a poison to whatever team takes him.

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    @boston baller – i know for a fact that he will take the minimum to come to NY and play with Bosh and LeBron, there is a strong possibility he will do it in Chicago to play with Stoudamire, Deng, Rose, and Noah.

  • Benny The Bull

    Here’s the perfect trade opportunity for the Bulls – Luol Deng and Brad Miller for T-Mac. Houston doesn’t want/need McGrady anymore, and the 2009-10 salaries match up. (McGrady $22.9 million vs. Deng 10.4 million + Miller 12.3 million) Even if McGrady never plays a game for the Bulls, it’s a win-win deal for both teams. The Bulls would have the remaining 4-1/2 years of Deng’s huge contract off the books and McGrady’s deal would be done after this season, leaving tons of $$$ available for the Bulls in the offseason for D-Wade, Chris Bosh, etc….. The bulls could even have the cap space to sign Wade and Bosh together, or Joe Johnson and Bosh if they can’t get D-Wade. Luol is having a decent year, but this is his 6th season already, and he’s never going to be any better than he is right now, which is not worth the remaining 4-1/2 years left on his contract at $11 – $12 million per season. I believe that even with Deng’s high contract, Houston would jump all over this deal. They’re (surprisingly) having a great season so far without McGrady, and Deng could provide them with another offensive threat alongside Ariza, Brooks, and Scola. Additionally, Brad Miller could help them in a backup roll for Scola, as well as be a good veteran leader for the playoffs.

  • Wesley-David

    he is only 30 thats still ur prime wtf

  • Airswade

    Pull the trigger, but we gotta keep Deng.

  • Karl

    Morey isn’t stupid enough to do this.

  • Orlando Green

    DO IT!…but yea I’m with Airswade, giving up Deng is out of the question.

  • TYreKe

    35 point comeback!GO KINGS!GO Tyreke!haha.
    T-Mac is a superstar but prone to injuries.haha
    What does superstar do if they sit on the bench w/ injury.haha.think twice.!better Mbenga than T-Mac.LOLx)

  • mdshuai33

    Houston would do it for a number of reasons: the guy isn’t going to play for their team ever again, so they’ll be wasting money on him; there’s the possibility that he could turn into a distraction for the team/organization if he isn’t traded away, akin to Marbury or AI (though probably not to such a volatile extent as those two); their never going to get their money’s worth out of him, and I don’t see them luring Lebron or DWade in the free agent market, and they don’t need Bosh if Yao’s foot is ready to go; Houston will be looking to fill in with anything they can get that will help the team, and right now a player taller than 6’8” would be a great help.

  • Jahi

    I have to agree with the majority, this trade makes sense. The Houston Rockets are a better team without T-Mac, let’s be honest. T-Mac is a great individual player, but he doesn’t make his teammates better. For this reason, the Rockets are fine with shipping him off to Chicago, New Jersey, or wherever they can. Better yet, if the Rockets could add a big man like Brad Miller to their roster, this would be a classic case of addition by subtraction.

    In reality, T-Mac is a liability to the Houston Rockets. He needs a fresh start and new opportunity to showcase his skillset. Why not Chicago?

  • Orlando Woolridge

    I’m with Benny the Bull, if you can get rid of Deng’s contract while he’s playing well, I’d say do it. For some reason, fans in chicago don’t want to see him go. He’s alright, but not worth that money. When there were rumors of Kobe in Chicago a couple of years ago, more than a few fans in chicago were saying that they wouldn’t want to give up Deng to get Kobe, thinking that he would be a top 5 player. Cuckoo!

  • VA

    T Mac aint that bad. I would just trade a bunch of paid for nothing guys and a pick or something for him. What can you lose? His contract expires next year anyway… I mean he can at least get you 12 plus pts a game if healthy.

  • connor jones

    d-wade is prbly comin 2 chicago next year, if they can close the deal wit Mcgrady then they have a team of allstars, and they really need to get rid of deng, he doesnt fit at all for the Bulls at all. get rid of salmons too, he takes up too much cap room. noah is becoming the perfect big man and possible allstar for rose and the bulls. the bulls really need a 20+ point scorer every game, and rose can focus more on his point guardly duties wit d-wade or any consistent 20+ point scorer