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Tracy McGrady reportedly will sign with Atlanta Hawks

Despite some lip service by both sides about a return to the Pistons, Tracy McGrady will sign with Atlanta according to ESPN:

Tracy McGrady has agreed to a 1-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Atlanta Hawks, a source close to the situation told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

I’m a bit surprised, to be honest. The Hawks will need bench help since they are probably losing Jamal Crawford to free agency, but I really expected McGrady to end up with a team closer to title contention. I also thought he might get a bit more than the veteran’s minimum since he managed to prove he could stay healthy last season.

This doesn’t impact the Pistons much. Even when McGrady signed last season, it had the appearance of a one-year rental type of situation. I wouldn’t have hated to see him back in the same role for the same contract, but losing him isn’t exactly a crushing blow either.

27 Comments

  • Dec 7, 20115:13 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog

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    T-Mac should just retire.  He’s embarassing himself.

    • Dec 7, 201110:15 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      He was probably their second or third most effective player last year. That’s not saying a lot, but McGrady is far from finished as a useful rotation player.

  • Dec 7, 20115:29 pm
    by Jodi Jezz

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    Solid signing for the Hawks, T-Mac did well here…I don’t see how he’s embarrassing himself, he still makes more money than I’ll make in a year…lol

  • Dec 7, 20115:55 pm
    by tarsier

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    I thought free agency was supposed to start on the 9th. But with this and the Clippers making an offer to DeAndre Jordan, when did it actually start?

    • Dec 7, 201110:16 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      I believe teams could start talking to free agents Monday. They can’t officially sign anyone yet though.

  • Dec 7, 20117:10 pm
    by Saul

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    I think the 9th is the actual signing period, but teams and players can agree in theory to a deal pending on the 9th.

  • Dec 7, 20117:22 pm
    by frankie d

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    thank god he’s gone.
    as eddie murphy said on SNL, back in the day, when he did his hilarious Mister Rogers routine:
    “I’m so glad the b—- is gone!”
    now, at least joe cannot clog up the 2-3 spots as much as it would have been with tmac on board.

    • Dec 7, 20117:58 pm
      by tarsier

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      He had value at the trade deadline. Why couldn’t Dumars ship him out to Chicago or someone? Even a future 2nd rounder would have been better than hanging onto him.

      • Dec 7, 20118:02 pm
        by Jason

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        because he wasnt really allowed by ownership.

        • Dec 7, 20118:59 pm
          by BIG MARV

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          Right Jason plus a sign in Trade wont work you will be wasting money and time the only way it would work is that you would have to trade him for another past glory bum so it was best to let him go I wish he would have went to a better title contender team besides atl, there looking at the downside of the playoffs at this point

        • Dec 8, 20111:38 pm
          by tarsier

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          It wouldn’t have been a sign and trade. I’m referring to at the deadline. He was already signed. It would just be a trade. And there is zero evidence that Dumars hands were tied from removing salary from the team which is what trading TMac for a future late pick would have meant.

          But yeah, obviously a S&T at this point makes no sense for a guy who’ll be paid less than the MLE.

  • Dec 7, 20117:24 pm
    by frankie d

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    actually, i think it is a good move for atlanta.  he will help.  not enough to get them to a title, but his all-court skills are something that was in short supply on that team.

  • Dec 7, 20118:14 pm
    by omar

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    Good pick up for any playoff team at the vet min, imo, because he’s so versatile. I’m glad he went to ATL and not CHI. I thought he would’ve fit perfect there, and they don’t need any more help to win the Central.

  • Dec 7, 20118:17 pm
    by thorax

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    the season haven’t started yet,and you tmac haters are already saying a lot of bad to things to that man, why won’t you won’t wait for the season to start and see what happens, whether he will back to his form 5 years ago or will he suck again.

  • Dec 7, 20118:51 pm
    by BIG MARV

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    Thats just a samll sign that we finally can clear house, cause if that was the pistons two years ago Reisnging McGrady will be the only move they will do, or they will resign another one year contract veteran bum so good move to let the old dog go free

  • Dec 7, 20118:59 pm
    by Tiko

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    I’m genuinely sad Tmac is gone. Wish him the best in Hotlanta

  • Dec 7, 20119:06 pm
    by DVS

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    Good move for Atlanta.
    He really helped Monroe last season. I hope Knight and Stuckey can do the same

  • Dec 7, 20119:09 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    proper move by Detroit not to bring him back. It’s time to go with the young guys.

    • Dec 7, 201110:18 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Maybe so, but they still need a few bodies, and if all it took was a minimum deal to get him, I’d much rather have him than a player like Dunleavy or someone similar.

  • Dec 7, 20119:37 pm
    by omar

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    Why haven’t we heard anything about Stuckey? You would think with all this time to prepare, Joe would’ve offered him a contract by now, if he still wants him. So that he can be all signed Friday to start training camp. Same with Jerebko. Why aren;t these guys agreed to contracts yet? With the limited training camps, we need them in there for all of it.

    • Dec 7, 201110:21 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      I would think since they are restricted free agents, Dumars would wait and see what their market is. There’s no real danger of losing either guy since the Pistons have a right to match any offer they get.

      • Dec 8, 20111:39 pm
        by tarsier

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        Exactly, let the market determine their value instead of rushing in to overpay.

  • Dec 7, 201110:16 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    Off topic here but someone at mlive just came up with a pretty funny way to use the amnesty clause…use it on Dumars. Would that mean we are freed up of all his bad roster moves since 2004?
     
    *Jokes…just jokes*

    • Dec 7, 201110:56 pm
      by omar

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      Haha, good one.
      BTW, Terrico White has been released, announcing it on his twitter. Could Joe be clearing space prepping to make a move?

      • Dec 7, 201111:28 pm
        by gmehl1977

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        This could explain why they brought in D-League point guard Walker Russell Jr for training camp. It’s a shame cause we never really got a chance to have a good look at Terrico. He would of been behind Stuckey, Knight and Bynum at PG so it makes sense. I know it is hindsight but we could of had Landry Fields (pick 39 – Knicks) or even Jerome Jordan (pick 44 – Bucks) instead of a guy we are now cutting.

        • Dec 7, 201111:52 pm
          by omar

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          So much for the nickname, the White Knight backcourt, lol

  • Dec 8, 20113:29 pm
    by vic

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    TMac actually held the team together on the court. he really proved himself, and he’s only gotten stronger. He’s going to surprise a lot of people this year and we’re going to wish we kept him

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