A 21 year old Tracy Mcgrady became the most sought after free agent in the year 2000 and the Chicago Bulls wasted no time in pursuing the 6-foot-8 guard/forward.
He played very well with Vince Carter in Toronto and after a breakout year and winning one of the best slam dunk performance in the NBA in years he was the perfect piece for the Bulls untested team with Ron Artest, Elton Brand, Jamal Crawford, Marcus Fizer, Ron Mercer and Brad Miller.
But Tracy only flirted with Jerry Krause he knew there was nothing out there with the Bulls and teaming up with Grant Hill in Orlando was the perfect choice and together they could be the powerhouse duo of the NBA and they will win championships and dynasties in years to come. But we all know there was none.
The Bulls went 15-67 that year but they achieved far greater battles a decade later while Tracy never get to advance to the next round of the playoffs and had a number of injuries throughout his career.
Now the tide has turned the other way around Tracy Mcgrady at 31 had 7 all-star appearances and won two scoring champion is left without a team. The Knicks only wanted his $23 million salary that could free their salary cap this summer and had no intentions in signing him back this coming season.
So far he had four teams in mind the Clippers, Heat, Lakers and Bulls.
The Clippers and Lakers seem interested but there was no contract presented and the Lakers still have to sign Shannon Brown and they recently acquired Matt Barnes from Orlando and the Clippers recently signed Rasual Butler. The Heat doesn’t want to add another name to their already star studded roster which leads to only one team the Chicago Bulls.
But unlike 10 years ago they could only offer Mcgrady lesser money and a supporting role coming from the bench.
Like a prodigal son turning down a contract 10 years ago and now asking for another chance Tracy Mcgrady knew he is better than what people perceived of him. According to Tmac’s twitter he still has unfinished business with the Bulls and it could be fate this time around. But the Bulls are now hesitant in giving him a contract. It wasn’t just about mobility or health issues but it was all about embracing a secondary role coming off the bench and he wasn’t quite open about that idea. “Without me, without Boozer, they’re a .500 ball club,” McGrady said in ESPN. “And with the guys that they added, if they add me, I think we’ll be 30 points better. The Bulls understand Tracy’s decision in choosing Orlando 10 years ago they presented so much promise to him and now they hope Tracy would also understand them if they won’t give him a contract… Because as far as unfinished business goes it was already finish a decade ago.
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