T-Mac shines in Knicks debut, wants to stay in New York

February 20th, 2010 by Nick Poust Leave a reply »

Even before he played his first game as a member of the New York Knicks, Tracy McGrady said he wanted to remain with the team beyond this year and would take a discount to make it happen.

The team has yet to express mutual feelings, but if he keeps playing like he did in his dazzling debut, the Knicks may want to pencil him in long-term.

McGrady, a longtime Houston Rocket who was traded along with his $23 million expiring contract as part of a three-team trade to New York, had only played in six games this season for the Rockets prior to the move.

He was cleared to play more than two months ago, but Houston wanted nothing to do with him. To them, he was just an expiring contract and a valuable asset on the trade market. The Knicks, in need of expiring deals so they can free up money for this Summer’s free-agent class, jumped at the chance to acquire him. Although he is a contract to the Knicks, they planned on playing him, unlike the Rockets.

The 30-year old 12-year veteran made his debut with New York and dazzled, scoring 26 points. He made 10-17 shots, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. He wasn ...

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