Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Updated: July 22, 6:14 PM ET
McGrady works out for Clippers
By Ramona Shelburne
LOS ANGELES -- Free-agent forward Tracy McGrady worked out for the Clippers on Wednesday after taking a physical Tuesday.
Clippers general manager Neil Olshey was brief in his assessment.
"The workout/visit went well," he said. "Tracy will continue to explore his options as will we."
In other words: It was good, but don't start printing any new Clippers T-Mac jerseys just yet.
Despite drafting Al-Farouq Aminu eighth overall last month and signing free agent Ryan Gomes, the Clippers still have a noticeable hole in their starting lineup at small forward. Nonetheless, the Clippers' interest in McGrady would probably be for only a one-year contract.
Last week at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, Olshey told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the team was doing its "due diligence" in bringing McGrady in for a workout.
"You're talking about one of the greatest offensive talents in our game, and if Tracy is motivated and he's right, and he wants to be with us ... how could you not bring him in and take a look?" Olshey said.
Olshey has known McGrady, 31, since the seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champion was in high school and Olshey worked for agent Arn Tellem.
But after McGrady starred for the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets, the latter years of his career have been marred by injuries to his shoulder, back and knee.
McGrady has played a total of 65 games over the past three seasons. He hasn't shot above 40 percent from the field since the 2007-08 season.
He was traded from the Rockets to the New York Knicks in February but averaged only 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in a little over 26 minutes per game. After the season he told reporters in New York he would work hard in the offseason to see if he could regain what he'd lost after missing a year and a half following microfracture surgery on his knee, but if he didn't feel right, he could retire.
Last week, Olshey said he had been told that McGrady has been training hard in Houston and Orlando this summer and that initial reports about his condition sound promising.
Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.