Monday , Feb , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

JVG: Tracy McGrady Could be Big Free Agent this Summer

Jeff Van Gundy is convinced that Tracy McGrady belongs among the league’s elite players, but only on one condition.

"If he’s healthy," Van Gundy said Saturday. "Believe me; if Tracy is healthy over the last 29 games you can put him in the conversation with the rest of the top free agents in 2010. That’s how good he is."

Questions over McGrady’s health and overall fitness will be answered over the final nine weeks of the season. McGrady, acquired by the Knicks in a three-team trade on Thursday, was in the starting lineup for Saturday night’s game against Oklahoma City, his first since Dec. 23. He hadn’t started an NBA game since Feb. 8, 2009.