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NBA Free Agency 2011: Tracy McGrady Rumored To Be Heading To Atlanta

Too bad this isn't 2004  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Too bad this isn't 2004 (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is reporting that Tracy McGrady has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks for the veteran's minimum. McGrady appeared in 72 games last season for the Detroit Pistons averaging 8.0 points per game. He has been hampered by knee injuries for the last several seasons.

This is exactly the kind of signing that we were expecting from the Hawks if they try to round out their roster with older veteran players that would come cheap. There are a couple of different ways to look at this signing. On one hand, McGrady could be healthy and could figure somewhere in the small forward picture and possibly fill some of the void of bench scoring.

On the other hand, he is an injury risk for a team that will be playing a very challenging schedule. What kind of role does McGrady think he is stepping in to? Starter or a back-up?

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