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Friday, 11 July 2008

Rumour: Tracy McGrady to the Pistons

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There are reports coming out of Toronto that T-Mac may be headed in a blockbuster to the Detroit Pistons. To make this type of deal work, with McGrady's $20.3m salary next season, the Pistons would likely have to give up two starters.

Sure, McGrady has a lot of question marks around his resiliance and his ability to win. However, the way the Pistons are going, they're going to become irrelevant before the Celtics do. There is no title on the horizon for this Detroit team without shaking things up.

Rip Hamilton ($10.8m) + Antonio McDyess ($6.8m) for Tracy McGrady. I'd do it in a heartbeat. It works on ESPN's Trade Machine.

That would leave the Pistons with a a lineup of Chauncey Billups, McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace and Jason Maxiell. That is a potential winner in my books.

Does this trade work for Houston? One of their biggest failings in the Tracy-Yao era has been injuries disrupting their strong runs to the playoffs. Bringing in a reliable mid-range scorer in Hamilton and another big man to help Yao Ming and Luis Scola up front can only bolster their chances of going the extra mile.

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