It looks like Tracy McGrady is back into consideration as the Bulls' backup shooting guard.
ESPN.com reported that the “Bulls haven’t ruled out T-Mac ” following Eddie House’s signing with the Miami Heat.
With roughly $3 million in cap space and only 11 players under contract, the Bulls had their eyes locked on House, who is a lethal gunner from the three with a 39 percent shooting.
House was one of the Bulls’ prime options, but his movement to Miami leaves the Bulls with Roger Mason Jr., Keith Bogans, possibly a trade for Rudy Fernandez, and, yes, T-Mac.
Many thought the T-Mac talks died after his poor showing at the Bulls’ workouts and his controversial quotes that reinforced his self-centeredness.
Sources who watched McGrady at workouts said he shot the ball well, but wasn’t in tip-top shape.
Do recall that these were just workouts. That means it was just T-Mac and the ball with no defense, scrimmages, or even a three-on-three.
He lacked speed, and it seems like his knee is still interfering with his jumping ability.
Remember, T-Mac only played 30 games with the Knicks. The T-Mac we knew as the seven-time All-Star player, in theory, isn’t the same guy who might be wearing a Bulls uniform.
Saying that the Bulls “haven’t ruled out” McGrady can mean he’s slightly hanging on the edge of their list, or that they might actually sign him.
If they decide to sign him, they would prefer a non-guaranteed deal for next season so that they wouldn’t get hurt financially if T-Mac does happen to be a cancer on the team.
ESPN called it the “T-Mac experiment.” Perfect description.
Is the experiment a risk worth toying with?
Arguably, he can’t be as worse than experimenting with Fernandez, who is looking for minutes. Plus, the Bulls could potentially dump James Johnson, in which they would lose nothing in the trade for Fernandez.
Or, the Bulls can play it safe and go for Mason or Bogans.