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Revolving door of workouts- next up, Tracy McGrady

Three weeks ago it was Malcolm Thomas, last week it was Josh Howard, names being thrown around as potential suitors to bolster the front court in Charlotte. This week, it’s Tracy McGrady- more of the veteran role that I believe the Bobcats are looking for and a much more intriguing talent to add to this roster.

At age 33, McGrady has definitely accepted his role in the NBA from this point forward (no pun intended), which is a veteran who can be a positive locker room personality and cover a multitude of roles on the court. At 6’8, McGrady can play just about any position on the floor and is arguably one of the most talented players of his generation. Naturally, T-Mac is a SF, but with his age and deteriorating athleticism it’s safe to assume that any team will want to get him more looks closer to the rim, so a hybrid PF role may not be so outrageous. McGrady is also rangy enough to guard bigger/stronger PF’s in a pinch, especially in Dunlap’s up-tempo defensive style.

For the minutes that Charlotte would be asking either Howard or Mcgrady to play (15-20 MPG), T-Mac makes more sense because of the fact that he’d likely be more willing to accept this role and brings less off the court baggage to the table (Presumably). Personally, I don’t see Howard and Dunlap falling in love, but I do, on the other hand, see T-Mac taking on the role of the willing veteran for a very young team. McGrady can likely be had for the veteran’s minimum, so although there are going to be some risks involved in signing a 33-year old who may not be able to stay healthy, Charlotte should still get their money’s worth if you get 50-60 games out of McGrady. And again, I’m going to venture to guess he’ll take on a veteran leadership role for the locker room.

We shall see how this all shakes out, but it appears that the Bobcats are going to add someone else to this roster before the beginning of next season. As all of these workouts occur, keep in mind that Cho and the front office are desperately trying to move Tyrus Thomas. The general thought is that no NBA team wants to touch Tyrus with a 100-ft. pole, but I still think there are some coaches out there that believe they could get through to this confusing talent- I always thought Popovich and San Antonio would be a great situation for him. Not to get sidetracked, but the fact that Charlotte has been in no rush to make a signing could possibly be a result of the team waiting to see if Cho can pull a rabbit out of his hat by moving Tyrus. Doubt it happens, but I would’ve also laughed in your face if you told me that Cho was going to flip Maggette for Ben Gordon and a first round pick.

So, are the Bobcats done throwing potential’s into workouts after T-Mac? It’s hard to tell, but what has become very clear is that the roster isn’t set and will at least have one more new face before opening night.

7 comments to Revolving door of workouts- next up, Tracy McGrady

  • Zeiram

    Very interesting you should think of as T-Mac playing PF, in most of his past stops he has been used (and was most succesfull) as a backup pg. His passing skill is his biggest asset right now.

  • SDS

    im assuming that if he plays PF he will be the point forward, a role that Lamar Odom, T-Mac,Lebron, and MAgic Johnson, Magic was not a PG, he was simply the first point forward in history,

  • Spencer

    Not necessarily suggesting that’s where the Bobcats will use him, and actually, I doubt they will. To me, though, he could technically play that position in Dunlap’s system in a pinch.

  • SDS

    another spencer……..i don’t know which spencer this is, im spencer, i just chose to use my initials becaue i dont want to cause problems, now u are either spencr from queen city hoops, and this just isnt your post thus you are in “pink” or u are a new spencer which makes it even worse:(

    but yea in dunlap’s system t-mac playing a power foward point could work-against smaller rotations and as a backup anyway, on offense its all about creating mis matches and if dunlap has enough confidence in MKG to play defence on power fowards then i would like this move,

    random comment but its always sad to see a playerlike t-mac, he was a SUPERSTAR, possible hall of famer on the rise, then jsut a few bad knee injuries in a row and he will just be considered a star that shined for a few years…kinda the same thing as Grant Hill, he looked like the next michael jordan, the guy that would take the best nba player in the elague reigns, then he gets some bad knee injuries and boom he goes from holy crap this kid is good to damn, what IF he hadn’t got hurt???

  • Good GOD!! Can he just give it up already? He’s just like Jermaine O’Neal–he does not know when to quit. And it’s getting kind of sad watching him embarrass himself for the third straight year.

  • brick

    I still remember when t-mac was like KD of today. How far he’s fallen.

  • Justin

    TMac is fine to sign for a 1 year flyer – rather him than Howard.

    The Cats’ are going to have to pay/reward someone to take Tyrus and his contract.
    There are only going to be a few opportunities to do so around the league.

    This is just an idea but there might be an opportunity to approach Utah midway through the season (pre-trade deadline) once Utah figure out whether Derrick Favors is ready to take the reigns as the PF of the future there to get hands on Paul Millsap. Similar year on year contracts (aprox $8 mil each)- Millsap just expires end of season so Utah probably will want to get some assets for him before he hits free agency. The qst is talking Utah into absorbing the extra 2 years on Tyrus deal.

    So in order to tempt them is it pheasible to offer Tyrus, Ramon and the Detroit 1st round pick for Millsap, Earl Watson and maybe Utah’s later 1st rounder in the same year or a 2nd rounder?

    Utah get a better draft pick and a better, longer term solution in Sessions at the PG behind Mo Williams (they fit together better than Kemba and Sessions do) in return for Millsap – who gets the opportunity to be the lead interior player for Charlotte – he could easily (and is proven to do so) be a 16-18ppg and 7-9rbd guy for Charlotte – which is essentially what they are paying the non-producing Thomas to do anyway. Earl Watson can just be the straight backup PG behind Kemba – which clears up the roster and playing roles a bit better at those positions. Thomas plays his last 2 contracted years as the backup energy guy behind (something Utah dont have) the Favors, Jefferson, Kanter trio.

    At worst if Millsap leaves after his contract expires then we are still free of the 2 years remaining of Thomas’s contract and we didnt have to amnesty him. The Cats would also still have a draft pick – albeit not quite as good as the Detroit one.
    If Millsap decides to resign with Charlotte then they have just scored a more than serviceable starting PF – who at 27 can still play at a high level for 3 or 4 years – and is a good locker room guy to boot.

    How many other decent opportunities around the league do we see to move the TT contract elsewhere?