Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady and the Detroit Pistons have just agreed to a veteran minimum $1.3 million contract for one year. The 31-year old McGrady is a two-time scoring champion but he has not played a full season in years due to injury.
Last season, he was traded by the Houston Rockets to the New York Knicks wherein he averaged less than ten points per game. This was his lowest scoring season since his rookie year with the Toronto Raptors and less than half his 21.5 points per career average.
Other teams McGrady initially approached were the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers. He ended up with the Piston in what seems like a good bargain for Joe Dumars. At a veteran minimum salary, the Pistons are acquiring a player who can provide quality minutes.
McGrady may just have to get used to not being the first option on offense. He is most likely coming off the bench with the Pistons overloaded in the wings. Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva had disappointing performances last season and with McGrady threatening to chalk up their playing minutes, they just might step up.