With all the top name free agents gone and settled into different teams, the next big free agent in the market right now is the one and only Tracy McGrady. The 31 year old wing still have a lot left in the tank and can be a solid contributor to any team he goes to. Yes, he has been riddled with injures for a while and yes he has had microsurgery on his knee over a year ago. But this is the same man who dropped 20+ points several times as a Knick last season and was the best player in the league many years ago. The same guy who carried a weak Magic team on his back (which explains all his back spasms haha) and took them to the playoffs while averaging 32 points a game. 2002-2003 T-Mac was what 2005-2006 Kobe became. A great player carrying a weak team all the way to the playoffs only to barely lose in the first round after going up 3-1 in the series. But unlike Kobe, T-Mac was traded away instead of having players built around him. And throughout the years in the Rockets, T-Mac was great but all his injuries took a toll and beat him up during his prime years. But since knee surgeries generally take a year to recover, I expect T-Mac to play this season in as good shape as he possibly can.
Which comes with the question of where should he play? Well the most obvious answers would be either the Lakers or the Heat. Lakers have a good team in place and can use a destructive scoring option off the bench with T-Mac. With the Lakers, he can chase the ring that has alluded him throughout his NBA career. He wouldn’t be playing with the glory and glamor of leading the team or even being in the starting lineup but he can be a great role player for a team that needs strong scoring off the bench. Same situation in the Heat. But instead he’ll be piggybacking off of 3 superstars instead of 2. He’ll probably offer the same services in the Heat as he would in the Lakers as the scoring option off the bench. Difference is, Lakers have the biggest chance of getting a ring while the Heat are still unproven. No one knows if their Big 3 are fit to play with each other for 82 games, but that will be observed throughout the season. I highly doubt T-Mac wants to be piggybacking off either team though. The dude can still ball.
Or T-Mac can do the unexpected. My suggestion is that he signs a contract for the Los Angeles Clippers and be the SF that they been looking for the last several offseasons. Tracy McGrady is set to workout with Los Angeles Clippers next week and if he can show the team that he is recovered and still has a bit of his old self in there, he will be a great option to have. He can be the starting SF while their lottery pick this year, Al-Farouq Aminu develops into an NBA player. He can help spread the floor, which relieves SG Eric Gordon the pressure of being the only 3 Point threat out there. And T-Mac is also a capable defender that can easily give problems to the opposing team. And with Kaman and Blake Griffin out there, T-Mac won’t have to feel the pressure of being the first scoring option of the team. The Clippers needs a starting SF that can spread the floor, defend, and also show some leadership. Out of all the available free agents available right now, I think T-Mac is the best option. And he can cement a legacy for himself by leading this team into the playoffs and further.
Or he can fall into the Clippers curse and explode.
The dude is injury prone but I think he is the worth the risk.