Gilbert Arenas is on his way to join Tracy McGrady in China, according to sources close to the former All-Star.
Sources on Monday confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report that Arenas is on the verge of signing a one-year deal with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Earlier this month, after a similar struggle to secure a guaranteed contract in the NBA, McGrady agreed to join the Qingdao Eagles.
ESPN.com reported late last month that Arenas had begun to assess his options in China for this season because he could not secure a guaranteed contract in the NBA.
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.
McGrady, a 6-foot-8 shooting guard, played for the Detroit Pistons last season. He averaged 8.0 points and 23.4 minutes per game for the Pistons, appearing in 72 gmaes and starting 39.
Once one of the league’s most prolific scorers, McGrady, now a 15-year-veteran, has been hampered by injuries over the past few seasons.
Clearly, the Celtics are not afraid of adding veteran talent, which makes swingman Tracy McGrady interesting.
Beyond Boston’s need for size this offseason, its other needs include: a veteran ball-handler, bench scoring, and a player that can defend on the wing. McGrady does all of that — all to a decent level at this point of his career — and at a potential bargain basement price.
The idea of leaning on him as a second-unit ball-handler when Rajon Rondo is off the court is intriguing — far more so than any of the veteran point guards available, regardless of whether the team brings back Delonte West. Add in McGrady’s time with Doc Rivers in Orlando and the move almost makes too much sense.
Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester will not be returning for the 2011-12 season, according to sources. Although there has been no official word from the Pistons, sources say it is expected that president Joe Dumars and his staff will be returning.
Hired in 2009 to be the franchise’s 27th head coach, Kuester has posted a 57-107 mark in his two years in Detroit.
Kuester’s time with the Pistons has been marked by several personality clashes, most notably with Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady.
The rotation in Detroit finds Tracy McGrady spending more time on the bench than he would like. He admitted his new role has him rethinking his future in Detroit.
“It is out of my control,” McGrady said Monday.
“When the coach puts the guys out there he wants to play, I don’t really like it but it is what it is. I can’t do anything about it but come out and practice and hopefully get my number called again. It is frustrating, though. It is really frustrating.”
Pistons president Joe Dumars has said he wants McGrady to remain in Detroit. And while McGrady said he has not made a decision, being benched for five games since missing a game-day shootaround with a headache has his head spinning.
Tracy McGrady sees a fundamental flaw in the combination of talents in South Beach with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
“When they’re on the court together,” McGrady says, “they’re terrible.” McGrady is not saying LeBron and Wade are terrible as individual players but rather that the chemistry between the two is not good.
“Him and D-Wade don’t complement each other,” McGrady said. “They’re somewhat the same type of players, ‘Bron and D-Wade. If you look at Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, [Allen’s a] traditional shooting guard. Ray Allen, he doesn’t need the ball. And Paul Pierce is a small forward.”
After being shut down for the preseason after playing only eight minutes, McGrady finally returned to practice Sunday.
He confirmed that he will be limited to around 15 minutes per game for the time being. McGrady, 31, has hardly played the last two seasons because of a left knee that was surgically repaired in February 2009.
“They put minutes on me. I think it’s around 15,” McGrady said. “I’m only playing 15 minutes, so when I’m out there, I’m going as hard as I can go.”
With Tracy McGrady signing for the veteran’s minimum of $1.35 million, the Detroit Pistons have a bit of a crowded house at small forward and shooting guard.
Sources say that even though McGrady agreed to be the backup to Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton, the team is likely to trade away one of them before the season starts.
Prince is the more likely candidate since he is in the last year of his contract. He averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last year.