Tracy McGrady To Detroit: Where There's Smoke There's Fire

Anthony OrlandoCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2008

A fire is a brewing.

After a week filled with numerous reports that the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons were working on a deal to send the perennial NBA All-Star to Detroit, Tracy McGrady gave some interesting thoughts to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

"It's certainly not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination. It's not as if Houston and Detroit has even talked yet. But is Detroit interested? Definitely," Smith said. 

"Is Tracy McGrady interested? Yes he is. I spoke to Tracy McGrady earlier. His basic thing is he's very happy in Houston but he wants to win. So whatever is a winning situation for him is something he is more than willing to entertain."

McGrady went on to say he has "all the faith in the world" in Joe Dumars, the Pistons President of Basketball Operations, who almost two months ago proclaimed he had seen enough of the same complacency out of the core of current Pistons.

A day later, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey responded in the Dallas Morning News.

"He said he wanted to win and they (the media) ran with it," Morey said. "He said he's happy in Houston. He just was surprised how it all came out."

He also went on to say that the Pistons and Rockets had preliminary talks a few weeks ago, which ended with Houston turning down Detroit's offer.

Morey refused to state what the deal consisted of and if the two sides are even still talking about a possible trade.

The Pistons have been involved in trade rumors with stars such as Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis as well.

Nothing happened, obviously.

These rumors must be taken with a grain of salt. But this time, you have a quiet Pistons organization, not talking much about this McGrady deal, just stating no trades are imminent.

And you have both McGrady and Morey making public statements, not denying something's possibly in the works.

One thing is for certain through all this.

Joe Dumars wants some change to that Detroit Pistons roster.

It may not happen today, tomorrow, or even by game one of the NBA season. But it will come.

And the rumors aren't going to be going away anytime soon.

Rumors might not always end up becoming reality. But when there's this much smoke, a fire is around, waiting to pop up somewhere.