Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 9:15 am  |  95 responses

What’s Next for T-Mac?

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

As you’ve likely heard by now, Tracy McGrady’s relationship with the Houston Rockets has soured, perhaps to the point of no return.

T-Mac’s employer sent him home for the weekend, disactivating the once co-franchise player for two games. There’s no telling if and when he’ll suit up for the Rockets again.

The Rockets’ über-careful plan of playing him extremely limited minutes (likely out of fear that he’ll tweak or break something else) isn’t sitting well with McGrady, so they’ve decided the best course of action is to not play him any minutes at all.

From the Houston Chronicle:

McGrady, a 6-8 guard/forward, was told Saturday morning he will sit out the weekend back-to-back against the Nets and Cavaliers and was given permission Saturday afternoon to return to Houston from New Jersey. The Rockets host New Orleans on Tuesday.

“I’m a player, man,” McGrady, 30, said. “I don’t make these decisions. I just abide by whatever they bring to me. That’s the plan. I’m not going to argue and fight with them — just run with it. I felt it was time (to increase the routine of playing seven to eight first-half minutes). “I’m not going to cause any confusion or confrontations. As a player, that’s what I felt. They obviously feel different. That’s what I have to roll with.”

It’s very likely that Daryl Morey and the rest of the braintrust in Houston is working the phones and emails very hard to try and find a trade partner for the former scoring champ. McGrady is clearly no longer in the long-term picture for the Rockets.

It would be ideal for both sides if Tracy found a new home, and soon, but that’s obviously no guarantee. And if that doesn’t happen, things will be tense and awkward in Houston for a while.

UPDATE: McGrady has officially asked for a trade, and Morey appears ready to try and make that happen, beginning by granting T-Mac an indefinite leave of absence. The Houston Chronicle has the latest.—Ed.

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  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Eddy Curry for Tmac.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    “I just abide by whatever they bring to me…I’m not going to argue or fight with them…”
    Doesn’t sound to me like he’s abiding or not arguing.
    Can he not realize that he will be better trade bait if he plays his heart out for 7-8 minutes again than if he pulls an Iverson – 30 minutes or I’m going home.
    I want to see TMac succeed but this just seems counterproductive to me.

  • Jake

    Do they honestly think that playing him 8 minutes a game is doing the team any good?It’s like bringing AI off the bench.They’re nothing if they aren’t starting!When will someone realize that if you have a starter with a starter’s mentality and you try to bring them off the bench….they are not going to respond well.TRADE THE MAN!And while I’m at it,Mike D is a D*ck with the Knicks.Since he’s been there he’s destroyed the careers of two point guards and a Center.If you’re not going to play someone,at least have the decency to get a trade set up before hand so that these players can try to showcase their talents.There’s so much negativity this season,it’s stressin’ me out yo!

  • Andre

    Please send him to Dallas!

  • Sonic

    What can I say? What will Houston really get out of this?

  • http://none The Philosopher

    The thing is that the League has long grown tired of grown men who act like babies. These children like to be cradled and catered to like crying babies.

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    T-Mac is handling the situation the way I would expect. He’s disapointed but not blasting the team, coaches, ownership or anybody else for not agreeing with how he thinks things should happen. He’s in the last year of his deal so I’m sure they want to trade him to get at least something for him. The Cavs are clearly in line to get another scoring threat and some feel that they missed an opp with jax and to a lesser degree AI (which now looks like a blessing). T-Mac could add a lot to make the Cavs an even bigger threat in the East and to win it all. They could give up AP or Moon and maybe even D-west and come out a better team. D-Wade is also asking for help in Miami. However B-easy is the only thing worth trading for and that may not be good for Miami considering T-Macs injury list.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    Like Iverson, Marbury, Antoine Walker, Nate Robinson, the list goes on. Those guys aren’t real men. They are babies who have long disrepected the game and the League.

  • Wesley-David

    trade him to my nets we need sumin lol

  • nicko


  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Just a quick helpful tip: for you guys just throwing out names in trade scenarios, please understand that in the NBA the contracts in a trade have to match up to within something like 5 to 10%; TMac is easily making the most money this season at $23 million, so to trade for him a team would have to include 2 to 3 contracts that add up to close to $23 million. ESPN.com has a ‘Trade Machine’ on their site under the NBA content where you can try out various trades and it gives you all of the players contract info. Try it out.

  • max

    Why does he act so immature? Give me what I want or I run away?! He is not YET the franchise player he once was….
    TADOne are their any possible trade scenarios with the Pistons?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Max: Yes. The Pistons would have to trade both Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton though.

  • IndyB

    How would the fans in Houston feel about Troy Murphy and TJ Ford?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Curry is making a lot so he and Jefferies would work but no one is that stupid especially not Morey (sp)

  • johnny

    I think a buyout is the only thing they can do. For that large expiring contract, they would be expecting too much in return. T-Mac’s been a pro during this situation and the Rockets have treated him unfairly. Just buy him out and let him play on another team. He’s worked to hard in the offseason to go to waste. GO TMAC

  • Hornet

    I would pick t-mac over richard jefferson (even with bad knees) anyday if i were the spurs manager

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I think the only two places that work for Tmac are New York and Phoenix. New York for numbers and proper trade bait as the rockets need a center and Phoenix for health reasons.

  • RV

    Almost as bad as Yahoo sports, who put on their homepage that he “took a leave from the team”, implying it’s because of minutes…not the case…he was always suppose to only play for a handful of games to evaluate him…so far there’s no facts on why he went home, just that he did. WE dont know if he was sent home, left home, or they mutually agreed he should wait at home. More than likely tmac was becoming a media distraction, and since he wasnt going to play anyway, they agreed he should wait at home so the focus could be on the team.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276.html chiqo

    mac gets to stick it out in houston. because unless someone makes the team a deal it can’t refuse– and that’s very unlikely– they’ll want the 233 million in cap space come this offseason. if you add one or two very good free agents and yao next year to a team that is better because they’ve spent a year not depending on a superstar, there’s a chance they could improve greatly. plan for the future, not the present.

  • derrick

    man o man tmac would be the truth in ny. curry, lee and jeffries for t-mac would be nice for the knicks.

  • Yo Nupe

    Living here in Houston for over 30 years and just seeing the management for the teams here…rockets, texans, oilers, ass-tro’s. It is sickning..player have, for years been bad guys or underachievers for Houston teams and then go to another city and become all-stars..you know the names. Tracy, true, has been injured, but injury’s happen. He is a proven commodity and can still be a positive part of the team. Adleman thinks he can win with the “college” style play…you’re wrong. In the play-offs, teams are going to force you into half-court and the rockets have NOONE who can create a treat. I’ve seen Aaron not even get a shot off in closing seconds. Fire Adelman.

  • nicko


  • http://slamonline.com JL

    wow tmac for shaq makes some sense, although I don’t think cleveland wants to give up their big man acquisition so quick, since tmac can’t body up dwight howard. probably why it hasn’t been done yet.

  • fan

    this is about tmac announcing micro fracture knee surgery, the day before the trade deadline last year, with some personal doctors of his. TMac doesn’t have a physical problem, He has a “I’ve been pampered since I was 18 superstar, selfish problem.” It is what it is as far as I can see, Tmac is just reaping some of what he’s sown, people are looking for him to prove them wrong, but believe me, Tmac will get his way, he’s done it his whole career. You’re only as good as the adversity you’re willing to overcome. Tmac has all the talent in the world, that is not his Advisory, it’s his lack of commitment to anything that takes real unacknowledged effort. Like defense. In the end tmac is all about himself, but I’m still hoping he proves us wrong. He probably still has the best skill set in the NBA, I’ve heard it’s been said “that your gift will bring you before kings,” but it’s your character that will keep you their. I won’t be surprised if this turns into another Toronto situation or Orlando, yeah I’m sure it’s something wrong with Houston..right, surely not tmac.

  • nicko

    manz i juz want da tmac jawnt to go to da cavs jawnt so mac can playz wit da lebron jawnt n dey be winning ships and shi*

  • LA Huey

    Houston doesn’t care about what he feels. And why should they? Remember, he’s the one that announced on his website that he was undergoing season-ending surgery before he even told his team.

  • Hussman25

    Sammy D and Willie Green for T-Mac and Kyle Lowry and a second round pick! Come on Stefanski! PULL THE TRIGGER! (No pun intended folks)

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wow, this is just like every other sports media outlet–trying to stir up drama when there is none. TMZ Sports my @ss.
    McGrady was left out of ONE road trip because the team wanted to focus without changing the rotation, and so that he could get some rest.
    Now that they are back in Houston, they finally have time to work out new rotations and try new things. HOW DOES THIS NOT MAKE SENSE?
    Rockets fans actually LIKE McGrady, and there is absolutely no reason to trade him for a scrub at this point. If he is traded, it will be for a reason better than “he doesn’t want to play 8 minutes a game.”
    They’re easing him back into the line-up with these 7-8 minute substitutions. He’s shown that the can play again, when he scored 10 points and dished out 3 or 4 assists in 7 minutes of action…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hussman25: That’s the worst trade possible for the Rockets… They don’t need Samuel Dalembert or Willie Green, and Kyle Lowry is playing GREAT. Kyle Lowry is loads better than both those players combined. Plus, defense is NOT a problem for Houston at the moment. Come on now.

  • nicko


  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Anyone who would trade David Lee for tmac at this point is stupid.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Are the Sixers really that eager to move Dalembert? Does it have anything to do with goaltending his own teammate’s gamewinner?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    whoa teddy there are 23 million reasons to trade tracy mcgrady first of all. second McGrady was left out of this road trip because HE ASKED FOR A BIGGER ROLE – Not because he needed rest. He wanted a bigger role, adelman told him no, a conversation ensued ending in the Rockets telling McGrady he would again be deactivated. There is a story here, it will progress, McGrady will either be traded, or left inactive.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Daryl Morey and Rick Adelman are smart enough to know NOT to leave a player like McGrady on lockdown. If they are to trade him, he’ll obviously see SOME minutes so they can boost his trade value. Also, the Rockets could definitely use T-Mac. Houston’s management is NOT New York’s management… They actually know what they’re doing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    which is why they have T-Mac inactive. A 31 year old former dominate player has no place on a developing team with no immediate championship aspirations. Do you take minutes away from Wings not yet in their primes and give them to a declining star just to “showcase” his talent. Or do you concentrate on improving your team for the future and dealing with your 23 million dollar contract off the court, or do you take minutes away from your future to secure a trade in which you will surely be getting less talent then your giving up. Its common sense not to play McGrady – he has an expiring deal, worst thing that can happen is he sits on his a$$ all season, and the Rockets end up with 23 million dollars less on their payroll for next year. and thats worst case scenario

  • Hussman25

    I know @teddy-the bear; that was just wishful thinking…. I just wanna dump Sammy’s contract! LOL! Im not really serious; would take on T-Mac even 4 one yr, but the salaries got to match… Brand is not needed down there; Id just say Sammy for now because u never know how Yao is gonna hold up and “u cant teach 7 feet…” @Nicko: no name calling: Thanx…

  • Hussman25

    Also @teddy: YES WE ARE THAT EAGER TO MOVE SAMMY! Everytime he touches the ball I vomit in my mouth a lil! He has been playin a “lil” better since A.I. has come back to town; but that cant last the rest of the year… Someone is gonna have to go (Brand, Sammy or Iggy) Pick one OR TWO! But having 12+ million in these 3 players for the next few seasons is not gonna play well here in Philly… The Media already senses blood in the water….

  • RV

    you nupe, what rockets have left the team only to become all-stars somewhere else?? Rockets management has been one of the best in basketball for a while now, maybe 20 yrs ago it wasnt, but no reason to bring it up for this one incident when things have been going well for years now. They made good decisions, unfortunately luck hasnt always been on their side.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ nbk: What do you mean ‘no immediate championship aspirations’? Maybe not this season, but with a healthy Yao Ming and a veteran in McGrady, the Rockets are definitely able to compete for a championship. The trick is keeping Yao healthy, but we’ve seen last year that the Rockets are the deepest team in the NBA by the way they played with him out…
    So keeping McGrady does not hinder talent when the Rockets need a real shooting guard. Although, the Lowry/Brooks backcourt seems to be working really well. Who knows what’ll happen.
    LOL @ Hussman.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Teddy if you think McGrady is part of Houston’s future plans then you may be certifiably insane. Thiee championship aspirations rely solely on IF they can get Yao healthy. IF not then they have to be prepared to rebuild. Two injury prone, high priced stars is definitely not something Houston is going to continue dealing with. Especially considering they have had more success regular season and playoffs with McGrady out of the lineup.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Teddy: You’re downplaying this buddy. Even in Houston, it’s a media fiasco.

  • Luke Klabunde

    T-Mac left because he wanted to be home for his son’s birthday and both he and the team didn’t think his 7 minutes were gonna have an impact in either of the two road games he missed. I find it interesting that a bunch of these stories are trying to start something between McGrady and the team. The Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey, Coach Adelman, and McGrady are meeting on Tuesday to discuss T-Mac’s role. McGrady doesn’t want out and the Rockets aren’t kicking him out the door. He’s probably gonna be back on the floor for the Rockets in the near future

  • http://www.cracked.com litetitan

    Any shrewd coach/GM knows that TMac will not be helping any of the top tier finals bound teams get over the hump for their 23 mil this season. You let Houston hold onto him, he either puts in work at home and keeps fit or he proves that he doesn’t really care and will sit about. If he still looks viable come the off season you pick him up for the veterans minimum (perhaps a touch over, say 1.5 mil for the season) and he goes to work and earns his way. At this stage, where he is at emotionally and physically he isn’t really an asset.

  • http://www.cracked.com litetitan

    @ tEDDY THE bEAR – An NBA teams ‘championship aspirations’ do not hinge on how well you play when you don’t have your best players for entire seasons at a time. Houston management must be absolutely manic, considering how much money they have invested into both T-Mac and Ming and they have done a good job of just keeping their head above water with it. The wins on the board are a small relief but what they are dealing with is NO WHERE near their expectations. They know it. The media in Houston know it and now you know too… there WILL be change in NASA HQ.

  • RV

    Jukai, yes and no. Every time a bad story comes out it seems to come out on a national level. So whether you’re in houston or not, you’ll hear about it. Then the rockets will talk to local papers or stations andbasically say it was exaggerted, not the case, etc. And that doesnt get out nationally because why would Yahoo or espn want the situation to die down? I’m not saying there’s nothing to it, but it’s likely not as bad and unprofessional between both sides as they make it out to be. These stories are pretty much what i read this summer, how he was done, wouldnt play another minute in houston again, etc.

  • Donovan

    The only players on the Rockets worth keeping are Brooks, Scola, and Landry. I guess Lowry and Budinger to a lesser extent. Trevor Ariza is a decent player but Im not sure if he is a starter or star. If Brooks isn’t shooting lights out the Rockets will lose. So they would rather bench McGrady instead of playing him with a decent team. Why don’t they just play him so other teams can see what he’s worth. This is not a top-4 team in the West. They need to play Tmac or give him decent minutes as a showcase.

  • TDOT

    Jose Calderon and Marco Belinelli for T-Mac. Make it happen

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    lite: You’re right, they hinge on how well you can play with your best players in… and that’s at a championship level. Which is why I said the Rockets can contend for a championship with a healthy Yao Ming. The expectations going into THIS season are being met so far–developing the team without Yao so that when he DOES come back healthy, they can compete. T-Mac might be traded, but I don’t see Yao being moved anywhere within the next 2 years.

  • str8 from samoa

    this is bullshat. this is t-macs team!!!

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Have they given up on T-Mac? It’s not like he didn’t play well when healthy in Adelman’s system. The Rockets of now have a really solid supporting cast stepping up as centerpieces. Add T-Mac to that and you have a contender. Why not at least play him some to show prospective buyers that he isn’t damaged goods?

  • Buschfiya

    Its most likely mutual, but i don’t care where he goes as long as he doesn’t come back to the Raptors, coz he’s just a Bit## anywayys.

  • Buschfiya

    plus he’s a broken player I don’t want him in T Dot and I know he doesn’t want to be here. he’s old and out of his prime.

  • Buschfiya

    only MJ can dominate a game at age 40 back in ’03


    43 points at age 40 wow. GOAT!

  • Jose

    I still say T-mac 4 Arenas but idk.For curry sounds nice to0 hell. For Maggette? for Redd? a washing machine and a pack of gatorade?

  • http://twitter.com/wealwayswin Hersey

    That’s a nice chip for the Rockets to deal with.

  • max

    the rockets should keep him and try to sign a top free agent next summer (Stoudemire,Bosh…).

  • max

    Oh and what do you think about a deal with the Pistons: Hamilton,Maxiell and Wilcox for T-mac?

  • subs11

    i think tmac just wants to prove something, given the injuries and the playoff bug. and knowing that could still play, you would not want to waste your time right? especially you know that time is running out given his age and the history of injuries. so rockets should trade tmac and stop screwing him. its a win-win situation anyway for both teams involved for the trade considering tmac’s expiring contract. plus you would also want to play knowing that you have the biggest current salary right? that’s my opinion.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    The players are crybabies? Give me a break. The teams dumb enough to sign a guy for that much money ought to suck it up and pay him to play and deal with their own idiocy.

  • http://www.basketballnonsense.com Melvin

    trade him to NY.. for eddy and jeffries

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I just want to see him play again.

  • ron

    oh… T-Mac is 30 only !!!???

  • http://slamonline.com NUPE

    His salary makes him ‘difficult’ to trade. With only a few exceptions, any trade partner would have to give up 2-3 maybe even 4 players for the numbers to work out. With his injury history it’s hard to justify giving up so much. Unless at team is just positioning itself for next years free-agency and just wants the expiring contract. If they can’t find a good trade for him, they need to just accept he’s here for one more season and plaly him. Letting that kind of talen sit the bench is not the right thing to do.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    houston has agreed to trade mcgrady. they just haven’t worked out where yet

  • derrick

    shyt they could trade t-mac and scola for amare and jrich. we already know phoenix wants to clear cap space.

    pf-landry or the other dude
    c- amare.

    they could move amare back to pf when yao returns

  • MBE18

    Knicks send Curry, Nate, Mobley and Hill to Houston for T-Mac

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Scola needs to be kept.

  • BostonBaller

    Due to injury/brittleness, McGrady hasn’t done a thing in years except garner All Star votes for wearing a suit.

  • tavoris

    what does a player do to get out of favor with a “player’s coach”? He’s playing well in those few minutes, but it just feels like they were WAITING for him to get frustrated 2 have a valid reason to send him home. The Rockets are playing well, but this stinks.

    SN:Ariza is gonna burn out in a month or so.

  • MagicChicken

    There’s only two scenarios that I can think of that would make some sense. 1) The Rockets trade T-Mac for Jamison and some pieces … J is a hard worker, they have a hole down low (but J won’t compete for yao’s spot), and the Wiz are talking about deconstructing and rebuilding. 2) The Rockets don’t move him at all … Seriously, there are few pieces out there that the Rockets need right now, especially considering what they’ll have next year if they just wait. Imagine a team doing this well, then adding Yao, plus a $23 mill gap to buy a top FA this summer. What if this team had Bosh for example … Houston could pull it.

  • http://www.cracked.com litetitan

    I personally think any ‘hate’ directed T-mac is coming from higher up…not from his coach.

  • mems

    mcgrady for jamison would be a terrible trade. dude has like 3 years left on his deal, he’s only 6’9 and he’s old.

    tmac for amare would be good but would the suns be dumb enough to go for that? who else would we have to lose? we cant lose scola or landry, we’re already short on forwards

    mcgrady to the knicks would be TERRIBLE!! it would be a gigantic steal for the knicks and since when do they make any right decisions?? i dont see our GM being stupid enough to trade an expiring contract for two huge contracts on crappy playerss.

    kevin martin would probably be the best option but we’re set at the wing so we’d probably have to trade battier or ariza unless one of them accepts a big cut in minutes.

    idk, id rather they just let his contract run out and try to sign a big name free agent.

    we need size and there aren’t enough quality big men on the market to make this work.

  • Donovan

    Trevor Ariza sucks. Why not just play McGrady? So what if he gets hurt. The Rockets were dumb enough to sign him to that much money. Either way they get him off the books for next year. I’d be shocked if any teams give up a good player when Tmac can bolt after this season. There is no way a superstar is coming back to Htown for Tmac. Why are so many people hating on him? When he was with the Magic he had to carry the load while Grant Hill was on the chill list. Give him a break. He just wants to play.

  • Tedddy-the-Bear

    It really annoys me when people talk about trades and only consider the amount of years on a stupid contract. Jamison for T-Mac would be an absolute STEAL right now. Jamison has been playing great basketball for years now… so what the hell is so wrong with taking on his 3 year contract? I’d be more concerned with the PLAYER than the stupid contract. Just ask Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni how shedding salary cap in exchange for their best players is doing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign Tavoris – Ariza is a light bulb

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    I was playing around with the espn trade machine for like 20 minutes before I got this to work, but it actually makes sense based on rumors and actions taken by these teams over the past couple of seasons (as in last season and this season). Three team trade, involving Houston, New Orleans, and Detroit.

    Detroit would receive Tracy McGrady and Chuck Hayes.
    Houston would receive Tayshaun Prince, David West, and James Posey.
    New Orleans would receive Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, and Kwame Brown.

    Last season, New Orleans tried to obtain Wilcox in their failed Tyson Chandler trade, and there were rumors as recent as this past summer that they were seeking Rip and/or Tayshaun. Reports have indicated that Houston is seeking All-Star level talent in exchange for McGrady (which is ridiculous based on the way they’ve handled the situation thus far, but whatever, and if that’s accurate, this should be right up their alley. Both Chuck Hayes and McGrady would come off the books for Detroit this summer, although Hayes — to me — would make sense in their long-term plans as well.

  • BK All Day

    They should do a trade of players no longer wanted by their teams: T-Mac for Nate Robinson. Both teams would benefit because each team would only have to put up with their player for this season because they both have 1 year deals i think.

  • BK All Day

    That is Robinson has a 1 year deal and McGrady has 1 year left on his contract.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    ^if only McGrady didn’t make nearly 6 times as much as Nate.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    well JE thats the stupidest trade Ive heard in my life…might as well close shop in New Orleans after giving up West for Rip AWFUL CONTRACT

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    ^Maybe, if there hadn’t already been similar trade rumors over the past year.

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

    I said this on the post-up, but I’ll summarise it here.
    McGrady to the Wizards for Caron Butler, who trade Foye or Miller to the Bulls in exchange for Brad Miller, or to the Bobcats for Nazr Mohammed.
    Wizards get: Tracy McGrady
    Houston gets: Caron Butler and Nazr/B. Miller
    Chicago/Charlotte get: Foye/M.Miller

    You could also add a player like John Salmons in to the deal for either Chicago/Wizards to serve as a 2/3 back-up.

  • mems

    that wouldnt be bad at all hursty. miller would fit perfectly on the rockets

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Caron Butler is far and away a better player then tracy mcgrady. @ this point you could even argue that mike miller and randy foye are more valuable. The wizards wouldn’t do that.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Wizards probably WOULD trade Caron Butler. Gilbert has been whining about Caron all season and the big 3 tandem clearly isn’t working.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    yeah but not for just tracy mcgrady. they would demand budinger, or some kind of prospect….especially if they give up miller or foye – you don’t give up that much talent for an expiring contract…unless your chris wallace

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Caron Butler is not far and away a better player than Tracy…now or in the past. That is crazy talk. McGrady was injured; he didn’t lose all of his skills.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Butler is one of the best defenders in the league. McGrady hasn’t even proven he can run. i never said butler used to be better. im only talking about today going forward. gtfoh if you think McGrady is anywhere near the player he used to be

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    TMac was arguably the best player in the L in ’02-’03. So of course he isn’t the player he used to be. I also know Caron is a good defender but he isn’t an All-NBA defender. TMac, when healthy, is an All-NBA player.

  • “The Philosopher” is a Phoney

    “Like Iverson, Marbury, Antoine Walker, Nate Robinson, the list goes on. Those guys aren’t real men. They are babies who have long disrepected the game and the League. ”

    >>>The Philosopher,

    Please explain to me how Walker disrespected the game and the League…

    What…because you don’t like his shimmy? Because he did something stupid OFF THE COURT(Gambling/Housing/etc.)??


  • MagicChicken

    No one should be hating on T-Mac … he’s been nothing but reliable. Point in fact, a team with him on it has not missed the play-offs, no matter what other stars on the team have been injured. Try and discredit that however you want, but it is a fact.

  • tavoris

    Holding on to that expiring deal to throw a max contract is their best short term & long term solution. They arent gonna find a serious taker, & they arent gonna buy him out. Insurance is already covering most of his & Yao’s salary, so its best to hold on him till this summer

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    MagicChicken: I’m all about defending T-Mac, but the Magic had the worst record in the league the last year he was there.

  • TmacFanAli

    Hey people listen. I believe if Rick Adelman gave McGrady the Minutes he would have performed well he looked good shooting threes and going in side in his sixth game. i believe the rockets should keep tmac until the rockets big center Yao Ming gets back and better. by then tmac will be flourishing and will b abosolutely back into form.