If you've been following Sam Smith or K.C. Johnson, you'd know that presently it looks unlikely the Bulls will offer a contract to McGrady.
Tracy McGrady left the Berto Center on Monday without a contract
offer after working out for roughly an hour and then meeting with Bulls
management after lunch.
This time, it wasn't McGrady's choice.
to two people who witnessed the workout, McGrady shot the ball well but
didn't move with much fluidity or exhibit superior conditioning. Andy
Greer, who served as an assistant with the Rockets along with coach Tom
Thibodeau when McGrady played there, led the workout.
coaches' familiarity with McGrady, as well as Rose's public lobbying for
him that stems, in part, from their shared agency, represent McGrady's
best chance at landing a Bulls offer. Yet no definitive decision has
been made, and one league source who spoke with Bulls management said he
wouldn't be surprised if the Bulls passed.
Another source said management has considered a non-guaranteed deal
near the veteran's minimum of $1.35 million if an offer is made, but
that an offer is unlikely.
For those still pining for McGrady, I would offer you this rationale on why if the Bulls pass on him it's probably for the best.
First, let's face it, no one wants McGrady for what he's done in the past two seasons where he's been more or less epically terrible. We remember the completely dominant Tracy McGrady from many years ago, the seven time all-star, and hope that we could somehow get that guy back for next to nothing.
That's not going to happen. The Knicks had a long look at him last season and weren't interested in bringing him back. The Clippers, who'd do almost anything for a box office draw, passed on him for Rasual Butler. The Bulls have looked at him now, and reports state it that he doesn't have good mobility anymore.
That old Tracy McGrady is simply gone.
At one point, do you accept that this guy likely can't play at a high level any more? How many franchises need to look at him closely and say "no thanks" before you stop thinking all the talent evaluators are crazy?
Those clamoring about the Bulls inability to take risks with his personality or attitude are wrong. If they were unwilling to entertain those things then they wouldn't have brought him in for the workout.
They clearly considered signing him if he looked healthy. They wouldn't waste their time. Thibodeau worked with him for three years in Houston, so obviously the Bulls had a fair understanding of him as a person prior to bringing him in for a workout.
This isn't about attitude at all. It's about on court play. It's not about what a guy did in the past, but about what he's going to do this year and in the future. If the Bulls, as I presently expect, don't sign McGrady it will simply be because he no longer has the basketball talent left to help this team.
The numbers from last year support that. The reports about his movement in this workout support that. The reaction of other teams who've looked at him support that.
We want McGrady because of the glimmer of hope that we can get an all-star for cheap, but that's an illusion. It's not going to happen. That's not what he can do right now. If it was, he would have left the Berto center with a contract in hand.