Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Tracy McGrady seems to be running out of options.
He’s been on a bit of a workout tour this summer and has yet to find a home.
The news that his representatives are meeting with the Detroit Pistons today, courtesy of our main man David Aldridge of TNT, might not register with most, since the Pistons have fallen on hard times and McGrady’s way past his prime.
But as far as shelter for wayward talents goes, McGrady couldn’t land in a better place.
Tough times or not, no one does cast-offs and reclamation projects better than the Pistons.
Chauncey Billups was an afterthought in July 2002 when the Pistons signed him as a free agent and helped him turn his career around. You’d never heard of Ben Wallace before he showed up in Detroit. And Rasheed Wallace was toxic before the Pistons acquired him in a trade that turned out to be the linchpin of their drive to the 2004 NBA title.
Even Kwame Brown (another member of the Summer 2010 free agent class still looking for a home) looked good (in spurts) wearing red, white and blue … fine, that was a stretch, but you get the point.
If T-Mac has anything left, it’ll come out of him in Detroit.
General Manager Joe Dumars has the ultimate eye for the right fit (that Darko Milicic thing notwithstanding). And if he takes a chance on McGrady, that’s more than enough validation for us.
(So long as McGrady is careful about what he says when the cameras start rolling. Because things didn’t go so well when it happened after his workout in Chicago, below).