McGrady Reaches Deal with Pistons

Tracy McGrady by Jim HartneyTracy McGrady has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Pistons in a deal that pits a player looking for one last hurrah and a team in search for a redeeming season after missing the playoffs for the first in nine years.

An Associated Press source said McGrady, who played for the New York Knicks last season, will receive the veteran’s minimum of $1.3 million. McGrady would likely play a reserve role in the perimeter-heavy roster of the Pistons, who failed to qualify for the playoffs last season after winning only 27 games, their lowest since the 1993-1994 season, when they finished with a 20-62 record.

However, McGrady’s contributions to the cause of the Pistons would depend on his health. The seven-time All Star has played only 65 games between the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons due to injuries. He averaged 9.4 points for the Knicks in 24 games last season.

The acquisition of McGrady, a career 21.5 scorer, gives the Pistons more back-up if they decide to trade either Tayshaun Prince or Rip Hamilton. Both Prince and Hamilton have been in the rumor mill since the start of the off-season as Detroit is in serious need of an impact big man. Currently the Pistons have only 35-year-old Ben Wallace and rookie Greg Monroe as legitimate centers.

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