More McGrady Rumors – Rockets to part ways, seek a trade

JONATHAN FEIGEN

Tracy McGrady’s tenure with the Rockets, which began with predictions
of multiple championships and “great things happening in the city of
Houston,” is likely over after six seasons of highlights, controversies
and great, but largely unrealized potential.

With Rockets coach Rick Adelman unable to predict when McGrady will get significant playing time, McGrady’s representatives Monday asked that the Rockets trade McGrady, according to a person with the Rockets with knowledge of the decision.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey agreed Monday to try to trade McGrady during talks with McGrady’s representatives.

Morey declined comment Monday.

McGrady, 30, was granted an indefinite leave of absence while the Rockets seek a trade. A person with knowledge of the Rockets’ talks said no trade is imminent but added the Rockets had not been aggressive in seeking a deal, a stance that likely will change.

McGrady, a 6-8 guard/forward, said last week he hoped to sign with the Rockets again next offseason to remain in Houston, but that if he is traded, “Whoever gets me is going to get a “hungry player.

“I don’t care if I go to the damn moon,” he said. “It doesn’t matter.”

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

The Rockets likely would be willing to take back a longer contract if it also gets them a player they wanted. But they could not make that sort of trade happen when McGrady’s 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.

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

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