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Rockets, McGrady's rep to discuss next move

Posted on: December 27, 2009 10:25 pm
 

The Rockets and Tracy McGrady's agent, Bob Myers, will have discussions at the conclusion of the team's current road trip to decide the next step for the disgruntled former All-Star.

According to an NBA front office source familiar with the situation, the only logical step now is for McGrady to formally request a trade.

McGrady was given permission to fly home to Houston before a road game againsty the Nets on Saturday after coach Rick Adelman rebuffed his latest request for an increase in playing time. McGrady logged about eight minutes per game in the first six games of his comeback from microfracture knee surgery, but has bristled at Adelman's refusal to play him more.

Now, the situation appears to have reached a point of no return, despite McGrady's recent statements that he's happy in Houston and actually wants to re-sign with the Rockets when his $23 million contract expires July 1.

The Rockets (18-13) have been one of the surprising teams in the league this season, staying in playoff contention without Yao Ming and McGrady. After McGrady returned to action Dec. 15, a person with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com that the Rockets' clear intention was to get him into playing shape to increase his trade value.

Houston GM Daryl Morey has steadfastly rebuffed such a notion. And a front office exec with a team that would seem to be a good fit for McGrady told CBSSports.com that he's had no substantive talks with Morey about McGrady. But another team exec said Sunday that McGrady's six-game stint would be enough to assuage any doubts on the part of interested teams.

"They showed he can play," the executive said. "That's all they needed to do."

McGrady, 30, is the highest-paid player in the league at $23.2 million, and his expiring contract would be valuable to any team trying to clear cap space for a major free-agent signing next summer. For the same reason, his contract would be just as valuable to the Rockets if they let it come off their books. But if trading McGrady is what the Rockets want, the former All-Star's departure from the team Saturday takes the onus off them. If McGrady requests a trade, as expected, then there's no reason to continue the charade. 

Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:27 pm
 

Rockets, McGrady's rep to discuss next move

Mcgrady has an expiring contract..I can see him going to the Knicks to sell a few tickets and possibly Miami..



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 11:13 pm
 

Rockets, McGrady's rep to discuss next move

mCGRADY STILL HAS THE GAME COZ NOTHING BEATS EXPERIENCE THAT HE HAS HE ONLY HAS TO BE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO SHOW HIS SKILLS...PLAYERS CAN COMEBACK FROM HIS KIND OF INJURY(SEE AMARE STOUDAMIRE) I THINK THE PROBLEM WITH MCGRADY IS HIS HUGE SALARY...I LIKE HIS SKILLS AND ALL BUT I THINK HE IS WAY OVERPAID




Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 7:28 pm
 

Rockets, McGrady's rep to discuss next move

The highest paid player in the NBA? He has been hurt over half his career and contributes absolutley nothing.


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