Spurs sign Tracy McGrady for playoff run
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs have signed seven-time All-Star guard Tracy McGrady for the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday. McGrady last played in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2011-12 season, and played in China this season.
The Spurs recently waived forward Stephen Jackson, creating an open roster spot. McGrady, who was once one of the most dangerous scorers in the NBA, is expected to fill Jackson’s minutes and provide scoring if Manu Ginobili does not return by the start of the playoffs.
McGrady, 33, played the prime of his career with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. He led the league in scoring two years in a row, averaging 32.1 points a game in 2002-03 and 28 points a game the following year.
McGrady averaged 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game last season with the Hawks.
Because he was not on a playoff roster after the March 1 buyout deadline, McGrady is eligible to play for the Spurs in the postseason. He has appeared in the playoffs eight times—once with the Toronto Raptors, three times each with the Magic and Rockets, and once with the Hawks—but has never advanced past the first round.