Tuesday , Jun , 16 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Does Tracy McGrady have a future in Houston?

The Rockets gambled -and lost. They bet that their ‘2-3’ would realize his talent and deliver in the post-season. Instead, with McGrady injured, a blue-collar crew won the club’s first playoff series in years before pushing the champion Lakers to seven games in the west semi-finals …

Does Tracy McGrady have a future in Houston?Breaking news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: "Houston also seems to be very active in trade talks, particularly trying to move Tracy McGrady we’re told. McGrady will be out for the first 20-30 games of the regualr seasons, but there is some thought he might be able to help a playoff team down the stretch." Draftexpress 

Our Quick Analysis: Finally, they get it.

For years, Houston built their team on the hope Tracy McGrady would reach his potential and become a superstar. As a result, the swing enjoyed carte blanche status within the organization. Teammates had to accept T-Mac’s tendency to dominate the ball, while coaches and the front office had no choice but to tolerate his lackadaisical work ethic.

The Rockets gambled –and lost. They bet that their ‘2-3’ would realize his talent and deliver in the post-season. Instead, with McGrady injured, a blue-collar crew won the club’s first playoff series in years before pushing the champion Lakers to seven games in the west semi-finals.

The lesson was obvious: good chemistry beats unfulfilled talent. So Houston is now exploring trade options for their fallen superstar. A few points worth noting:

First, the money matters. Teams hoping to be active in the great free agent chase of 2010 could have interest in trading for the final year of McGrady’s 20 million dollar contract. All expiring contracts have value, especially ‘max’ deals.

Second, there are mixed opinions on McGrady’s future. On the one hand, his supporters believe, because he’s in a contract year, he’ll rehab his micro-fractured knee over the summer and perform in 2008-09.

On the other hand, his detractors point to Kenyon Martin and Chris Webber’s struggles after micro-fracture surgery. ‘K-Mart’ is only just returning to form, while ‘C-Webb’ never fully recovered. They argue such a serious procedure will rob McGrady, a perimeter player, of whatever quickness he has left in his brittle frame.

After years of heartbreak and disappointment, it’s becoming clear the Rockets are moving in a different direction. With McGrady, it seems Houston finally gets it.

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