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pryuen
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:19 pm Reply with quote
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So the end of all these drama....

And the official end
of the Tracy McGrady tenure of being a Houston Rockets.

He will no longer play in a Rockets uniform.


Either a trade or a buyout or just contract expiration.


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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bk/bkn/6789894.html

McGrady and Rockets to part ways
seek a trade


By JONATHAN FEIGEN

Dec. 28, 2009, 6:35PM


Tracy McGradyís tenure with the Rockets, which began with predictions of multiple championships and "great things happening in the City of Houston," is likely over.

The Rockets and McGrady came to a "mutual agreement" Monday to seek to trade McGrady , a person with the Rockets with knowledge of talks between McGradyís representatives and general manager Daryl Morey said.


With Rockets coach Rick Adelman still unable to predict when McGrady will get significant playing time, McGradyís representatives asked that the Rockets trade McGrady.

Morey declined comment on Monday.

McGrady will not play while the Rockets seek a trade. A person with knowledge of the Rockets talks with teams said no trade is imminent, but that the Rockets had not been very aggressive in seeking a deal.

McGrady is in the final season of the extension he signed with the Rockets before the 2004-05 season, making his expiring contract worth nearly $23 million potentially valuable to a team seeking to rid itself of rich, long-term contracts.

The Rockets would likely be willing to take back a longer contract if it also got them a player they wanted, but could not make that sort of trade happen when McGrady salary was covered by insurance. Such a deal could be even tougher with McGrady not playing, though trades motivated by salary-cap implications are more common closer to the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

McGrady said last week that he hoped to sign with the Rockets again next off-season to remain in Houston, but that if he is traded, "Whoever gets me is going to get a "hungryÖ player. I donít care if I go to the damn moon. It doesnít matter.

"Iíve been hungry since I came back from my surgery," he said. "I rededicated myself, refocused, moved to Chicago, worked out the whole summer there. It was every day just grinding, just pushing. Iím not even supposed to be playing right now so that really tells you how hard Iíve been working. I wasnít supposed to be playing until January or February. If you asked anybody who had (microfracture surgery) it probably took them a year to really feel full strength. I feel fine right now."

McGrady said he had agreed with the plan to limit his playing time to seven to eight first-half minutes, but believed after six games without any physical setbacks that he was ready for a larger role.

A two-time scoring champion and seven-time All-Star, McGrady averaged 3.2 points in an average of 7.7 minutes this season, making 7 of 19 shots. Of his 19 points, 10 came in one game, a week ago against the Clippers.

McGradyís top-scoring season with the Rockets was his first, when he averaged 25.7 points with 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists. He entered this season averaging 23.1 points per game with the Rockets, but struggled with injuries through much of his six seasons in Houston, playing just 47 games in 2005-06 because of back issues and just 35 games last season because of the knee problems that led to his microfracture surgery in February.

He has been a second- or third-team All NBA selection in three of his first five seasons with the Rockets. The team never advanced past the first round of the playoffs, however, until last season when McGrady was out.

Whether because of the relative success in recent seasons when McGrady has been out, or the frequency of the Rocketsí lineup changes, teammates said they are not distracted by the latest issues with McGrady.

"We just keep going," Aaron Brooks said. "Everybody has a job to do. Itís the same old story. Nothing changes.

"We always wish the best for Tracy. We canít do anything about what goes on with them. You guys are about the only ones talking about it. We donít talk about it. We let that happen. We let it play out. We might joke about it. We might joke about the media talking about it. Thatís about it."


Even after McGrady received permission Saturday to return to Houston, most teammates said they did not know until they boarded the bus in New Jersey.

"We donít think about it and donít let it effect us," Chuck Hayes said. "We stay focus and get ready for the game. We only have control of the game and how we play. It is an on again, off again type deal. But our opinion doesnít matter. We just play the game. We just see what you write."

With McGrady limited, Rockets coach Rick Adelman said he was unsure how to both use McGrady and maintain the style and chemistry that led to the Rocketsí surprising 18-13 start.

"I donít want to do something and we lose whatever positive vibe we had, even though itís nobodyís fault," Adelman said on Saturday. "I want to see how this goes and how he was going to play in those six games. I understand fully seven or eight minutes is not an easy thing for a player to just do, although he knew he was going to play those seven or eight minutes so it was a time to do whatever you can do in those seven or eight minutes.

"If you start putting somebody in the game for 20, 25 minutes, somebodyís not going to play somewhere else. Thatís what Iím trying to figure out. Where are we going to go and keep the rest of the guys moving forward."


Throughout the season, however, McGrady did not seem in the Rocketsí long-term plans. Though many references have been made to how the Rockets would proceed next season when Yao Ming returns, McGrady was not mentioned in those terms, with the goals this season a mix of immediate and long-term considerations.

"We want to win as many games as we can," Rick Adelman said. "We want to be the best team we can be and we want to develop our young players."


jonathan.feigen@chron.com
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pryuen
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:26 pm Reply with quote
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ESPN's version....

Quote:


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4777423

December 28, 2009

Rockets to seek McGrady deal

ESPN.com

The Houston Rockets have granted Tracy McGrady an indefinite leave from the team and will work with his representatives to find a new home for the seven-time All-Star via trade, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com on Monday that phone discussions between Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, coach Rick Adelman and one of McGrady's agents, Arn Tellem, led to an agreement that both sides would work together in pursuit of a palatable trade before the league's annual trading deadline on Feb. 18.

The Rockets, sources said, are adamant about not buying out the remainder of McGrady's $23 million expiring contract and enabling him to become a free agent during the season. Yet, they also remain unprepared to promise the extended minutes McGrady has been seeking.


Sources said the sides agreed Monday that the best compromise is letting McGrady leave the team to work out on his own in hopes that a deal can be struck and so his teammates and coaches will be spared from the distraction of daily questions about McGrady's status.
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Dr. No
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:07 pm Reply with quote
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Good riddance.

'bout F**king time to end this drawn-out drama



McLady,
    don't let the door hit your azz on the way out Exclamation
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nig1
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:05 pm Reply with quote
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good, 1 down, 1 more to go!
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Dr. No
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:37 pm Reply with quote
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nig1 wrote:
good, 1 down, 1 more to go!
besides McLady, there is no other malingerer on the team.

now that Rox have removed the team cancer, the future looks brighter

most probably, YaoMing will remain a Rox 'til he retires.
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pryuen
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:01 pm Reply with quote
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Dr. No wrote:
nig1 wrote:
good, 1 down, 1 more to go!
besides McLady, there is no other malingerer on the team.

now that Rox had removed the team cancer, the future looks brighter

most probably, YaoMing will remain a Rox 'til he retires.


Well, nig1 is just a hater. PERIOD. Twisted Evil

YES. Yao Ming will DEFINITELY remain a Rockets till he retires.


Delusional fans like nig1 always allege that when Yao Ming returns, he will find it hard to fit in the current playing style of the Rockets.

But they conveniently forget:
Rick Adelman's O&D is NOT EXACTLY D'Antoni's O&D.

They conveniently forget, in defense, Yao Ming provides the Rockets the last line/bastion in defense. Unlike Tracy McGrady who never gave an full-out effort in defense, Yao Ming gave the Rockets assurance in rebounding and shot-blocking. He just shut down the lane, and these are things the current interior midgets of the Rockets lack.

And out from the defensive rebounding, Yao Ming could initiate fast breaks by passing the ball to his point guards in any running games.

And being a team player, Yao Ming never dominates the ball and stalls the offense the way Tracy McGrady did. There will not be a problem in ball movement and sharing the ball.

And when Big Yao returns, with the current crop of young players (Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry, Chase Budinger, Carl Landry) growing and maturing, the Rockets can have
different and flexible configurations/combinations in playing half-court O&D or the current uptempo pseudo run-and-gun games dependent on match-ups and game situations.

Moreover the US$ 23M salary space left by Tracy McGrady could resolve contract extensions of Luis Scola, Carl Landry, Shane Battier and maybe even add another capable player that can strengthen the overall squad strength of the Rockets.


Besides WHO would be that FOOLISH to trade away a 20/10 dominant centre/All Star player who is the face and cash cow of your franchise???? Rolling Eyes
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nig1
Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:56 pm Reply with quote
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1) thinking yao ming is still a dominant 20/10 center is like thinking
Tmac can still lead the league in scoring.

2) yao ming lacks creativity to run adelman's offense. His bball IQ is
lower than Divac's.

3) Rockets are dumb to pay max $ to a past-his-prime center with a long
history of injuries who's not longer considered a franchise player (and
who folds in the playoffs)

the reality is the Rockets will give Yao an extension. However, I'm gonna call it, the Rockets will go nowhere with yao ming. He has 3 yrs of basketball left before he's done for good and toils away for the CNT. That's the truth. Him and Tmac basically wasted 5 yrs of existence in Houston. Basically it's all about economics, yao's good for Les Alexander's pockets, but bad for the team's future.
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Ping Ni
Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:02 am Reply with quote
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nig1 wrote:
1) thinking yao ming is still a dominant 20/10 center is like thinking
Tmac can still lead the league in scoring.

2) yao ming lacks creativity to run adelman's offense. His bball IQ is
lower than Divac's.

3) Rockets are dumb to pay max $ to a past-his-prime center with a long
history of injuries who's not longer considered a franchise player (and
who folds in the playoffs)

the reality is the Rockets will give Yao an extension. However, I'm gonna call it, the Rockets will go nowhere with yao ming. He has 3 yrs of basketball left before he's done for good and toils away for the CNT. That's the truth. Him and Tmac basically wasted 5 yrs of existence in Houston. Basically it's all about economics, yao's good for Les Alexander's pockets, but bad for the team's future.


You, my friend, is in the wrong forum. Kindly, gtfo. Kthanks.
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Skylaars
Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:31 am Reply with quote
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Dr. No wrote:
Good riddance.

'bout F**king time to end this drawn-out drama



McLady,
    don't let the door hit your azz on the way out Exclamation


I feel weird agreeing with Dr. No.
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nig1
Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:25 am Reply with quote
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Ping Ni wrote:
nig1 wrote:
1) thinking yao ming is still a dominant 20/10 center is like thinking
Tmac can still lead the league in scoring.

2) yao ming lacks creativity to run adelman's offense. His bball IQ is
lower than Divac's.

3) Rockets are dumb to pay max $ to a past-his-prime center with a long
history of injuries who's not longer considered a franchise player (and
who folds in the playoffs)

the reality is the Rockets will give Yao an extension. However, I'm gonna call it, the Rockets will go nowhere with yao ming. He has 3 yrs of basketball left before he's done for good and toils away for the CNT. That's the truth. Him and Tmac basically wasted 5 yrs of existence in Houston. Basically it's all about economics, yao's good for Les Alexander's pockets, but bad for the team's future.


You, my friend, is in the wrong forum. Kindly, gtfo. Kthanks.


I speak the truth everybody knows but nobody wants to hear.
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