Thursday, September 13, 2012
Knicks Working Out Tracy McGrady. Are There Minutes For Him?
With a roster already filled with star power and quality role players, the Knicks have clearly done enough to get their fans buzzing with excitement for next season.
With training weeks now just weeks away, New York also decided to invite a few young guns to camp, perhaps hoping to stash one or two for the Erie BayHawks, their D-League affiliate. The team announced the signings of Mychel Thompson, Oscar Bellfield, Henry Sims, and John Shurma earlier this week.
But even with the roster appearing set and a couple of prospects already in place, the Knicks still may not be all done just yet.
In 2010, the Knicks worked the phones towards the trading deadline and acquired the expiring contract of Tracy McGrady. Of course, the team had its sights set on the coming summer's free agency period, but there was certainly curiosity surrounding T-Mac's abilities. Could he still hold his own as a starter in the NBA?
The answer at the time, was no. McGrady averaged 9.4 points, but only shot 39% as lingering injuries limited the amount of minutes he could play each game.
Since finishing up that season in New York, the seven-time NBA all-star has bounced around with teams like the Pistons and the Hawks, re-establishing himself as a somewhat dependable role player.
As he continues to age and fight through injuries (T-Mac played in only 52 games for Atlanta last season), McGrady remains a free agent here in mid-September. But just as the Knicks were willing to see how much he had left in the tank two years ago, they seem to want a second-look now.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the swingman worked out for the Spurs yesterday and will reportedly meet and work out for the Knicks today as well.
New York continues to look for various ways to improve the roster, but the question now becomes are there enough minutes to go around? With Iman Shumpert sidelined until 2013, the Knicks needed some depth to insure that J.R. Smith would continue to thrive off the bench, rather than be thrust into a starting role. By signing Ronnie Brewer, the team seemed to accomplish just that and more.
Thus, is bringing T-Mac in nothing more than a courtesy? It's difficult to say, but with the likes of Jason Kidd, Smith, Steve Novak, and Marcus Camby all poised to play off the pine next season, there seems to be little room for the former Knick.
The Knicks have continued to work out younger players this week (such as Malcolm Thomas and Tony Taylor Jr.), but eyeing players as potential projects certainly seems to make more sense. More on the T-Mac workout as it becomes available later on.