Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  31 responses

Bulls Shying Away from Signing Tracy McGrady?

Following T-Mac’s workout in Chi-Town yesterday — and despite his conviction that he’s what Chicago’s missing — things don’t sound too promising about the two sides coming together. Reports the Sun-Times: “During his workout Monday at the Berto Center, Tracy McGrady showed he has made physical progress since last season and is capable of being a contributor this season, according to a source. But despite the seven-time All-Star being physically able to fill the secondary bench role the Bulls are looking for, the team’s brass isn’t yet convinced McGrady will be a good fit after meeting with him following the workout, the source said. Before sitting down with management and coach Tom Thibodeau, McGrady spoke with reporters and addressed the issue of whether a veteran two-time scoring champ works as a bench player on a young team. He sounded as if his joining the Bulls was a foregone conclusion. ‘I fit in well,’ he said. ‘I just bring what I know about the game and my athleticism and my versatility, knowing my smarts for the game, my leadership, just everything I can add to help these guys get over the edge.’ While McGrady vows not to make waves, he’s confident he can perform well enough in training camp to earn a starting job, which could be the issue giving the Bulls pause. ‘Without me, without [Carlos] Boozer, they’re a .500 ballclub,’ McGrady said. ‘And with the guys that they added, if they add me, I think we’ll be 30 points better. I think we’ll be a better defensive team with Thibodeau, who I played with for three years. So [the Bulls] have a really good chance of being good. The city should be excited about this team.”’

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  • The Philosopher

    McGrady is a clown.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    So Tracy’s prediction that they could win 75 games may not come true??? Damn.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Thibod has been around TMac before, he sure would know NOT to get this guy then… and the way TMAC just shot this team under the bus if they DIDN’T have him? Ha… when was the last time you mattered in a playoff series Tracey? Exactly.

  • Conduit

    with him and Boozer? wow what a ststement…

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    The headline should read, “Duh.” McGrady will never accept a bench role. Everything he has been saying this week revolves around his days as a superstar in the league, whether with Orlando or Houston (Toronto doent count). Now he thinks he is good enough to start if he works hard in camp. Not a chance.The starting 5 will be Rose, Brewer, Deng, Boozer, Noah. Unless McGrady changed his name I dont see him there. TMac and Shaq should just lower their asking price and boost their egos about 10x then sign with the Heat to mess up any chemistry the team might build.

  • Bryan

    everything would have been fine but then he had to pull an AI and say he could start…big mistake. and the pulls are better then a 500 ball club without him

  • Bryan

    *Bulls haha

  • Morgan

    cosign all of the above. He needs to dial the ego back a notch if he wants to get on a team by training camp.

  • Mitya

    Shaq, TMac, AI, and Seph all to Miami for minimum salary. Please?

  • T-Money

    “Him and Boozer”? “My athleticism”? “I’m not shooting for a bench role”? How many red flags do you need?

  • Groves

    he didn’t say 30 games better… he said 30 points better therefore maybe 80 wins i don’t think bulls lost many games by thirty last season

  • underdog

    I didn’t know there is left any athleticism in him.

  • rubs93

    he needs to enjoy a big slice of humble pie. with that interview he just talked his way out of a job. he needs the bulls more than the bulls need t-mac

  • Scottie Pimpin

    come on t mac, get in gear !

  • AL29

    Wow, this could be really disappointing for Chicago. Instead of Lebron and Bosh, which was at one point a “done deal”, they get T-Mac and Boozer. Bulls fans: get ready for years of “we would have had a great season if not for the injuries”.

  • rainman10

    Guys money and the contract is not an issue with T-Mac. He will take whatever. This story has zero quotes from team management about the possibility of signing McGrady. A deal will get made.

  • slamfan4life

    30 POINTS

    NOT 30 games

    God you guys gotta learn how to read

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I read a piece on ESPN yesterday where they quoted him as saying “30 games”…..expert journalism every day.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I think he’s just saying that the Bulls were .500 last two seasons and that with the addition of Boozer and himself they’ll get a lot better. Why kill a dude for being confident and positive about what he can bring to a team. He didn’t say it would be him, but all the new guys they brought in. McGrady should find a home… please let it be the Bulls.

  • http://Albeback.com Breeze

    I agree ..calm down and earn your spot Mr Glass…like I’m sure in seasons if your producing they won’t have no choice except start you ..but I’m a big brewer fan and I think tmac would be a great 6 man..jason terry thing ..plus you bring korver in for deng…now you have a legitimate 8 man rotation with flip…! Bulls 6 place in the playoff race…!


    T-Mac needs to form a “Big 2″ with Starbury in China. Just sayin’.

  • rich

    i wonder if he would take the aaron afflao starting job of having ur name called in the tip off but then playing around 20 mins? brewer needs the mins cuz he frustrates every1

  • rich

    hes gonna mess up a chance at a title… this team could beat miami orlando boston and the lakers and he just wants to ruin it. if hes worried about mins im sure playoff basketball will make up for the ones lost in the regular season. i dont understand how he can act like this when u have egomaniacs like rasheed wallace kg bosh lebron freakin james are takin reduced roles… even marbury accepted a bench role. hes a lunatic. he thinks cuz carter starts mac can start?SMH

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I wouldn’t say he’s gonna mess up a chance at a title, but he’s definitely gonna mess up a chance at reaching the second round of the playoffs, which would probably feel like a championship to him.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I wonder if T-Mac ever stopped to think that maybe this is karma for the way he sh*tted on us ten years ago.

  • rich

    lmfao it prolly is every1 who leaves hurts something except chauncey

  • Yesse

    Los Angeles is waiting…

  • total scrotal implosion

    Its all grant hills fault. ………There was a time when drew gooden was the second best player on the magic. And mac still carried them to the playoffs. No wonder he has back problems. Hey, remember that 13 pts in 35 secs? That was beyond insane and will never be duplicated

  • Cool Dude

    Tmac should just start up a team with Shaq, AI, and Starbury and take on the Globetrotters or something.

  • http://www.wtfhoops.com mistrghetto

    Another season, another new injury added to the list. The Bulls don’t even need Tracy McGrady because they have a decent team already and TMAC will just add problems to the team. I would rather see Shaq play in Chicago than see TMAC. He signed with the New York Knicks last season and what happened? Played some games then got hurt and it was always on and off. Including his game. Sign Shaq!

  • AJ

    I’m huge TMAC fan, huge! Well, I am not happy with his decisions though. Last time I heard he just convinced Bulls with his shooting not his “Athleticism” as what he said. If TMac wants to bounce back from disastrous past 3 or 2 seasons ago( I’m not sure) he should accept the bench role, since most of players who played the bench showed enough talents to climb up to the starter, so should Tracy. If he then thinks that he’ll get healthier and better, he should play a bench role and he does play well and team won’t climb him up to starter ask for a trade. :) )