With the loss of shooting guard Landry Fields to the Atlantic Division rival Toronto Raptors and injuries to point guard Iman Shumpert and shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, the New York Knicks are looking for an additional ball-handler and scorer.
They may have found exactly what they were looking for in free agent shooting guard Tracy McGrady, a former superstar who–at this point in his career–is looking for a guaranteed contract.
Can T-Mac fill the scoring void on Broadway?
The Knicks plan to give McGrady a workout next week, and if he signs in New York, it could be highly beneficial for both sides. McGrady needs a team, and the Knicks need another scorer to fill the void left by injuries. It’s as simple as that.
McGrady’s numbers have declined over the years, but make no mistake about it: T-Mac can still play. He played for the Knickerbockers for half of a season in 2009-2010, starting 24 games and averaging 9.0 PPG.
Fields, who could’ve been Rookie of the Year in 2010-2011–if it weren’t for Blake Griffin–dropped 9.7 PPG in 2009-2010, and last season scored 8.0 PPG.
The Knicks don’t need McGrady, who has slowed down in the latter part of his career, to be the team’s leading scorer. They would just need him to be able to play about 10-15 minutes and be aggressive with the ball while he was on the court.
Once Shumpert and Brewer return, McGrady would revert back to a lesser role in the offense.
McGrady has always been a big time player who loves the spotlight. What better place to rekindle some of the old T-Mac than under the brightest (and most scrutinizing) lights in the NBA?
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