Tracy McGrady, who’s popularity in China hit another level while he was teamed up with Yao Ming, is reportedly signing to play in China this year.
Tracy McGrady is coming to China.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the seven-time NBA All-Star is very close to signing a one-year deal with Qingdao Double Star Eagles. If all goes according to plan, McGrady will leave for the Middle Kingdom in the next week or two.
In a report published by Sina Sports, Qingdao general manager, Sheng Xishun, confirmed that McGrady’s representatives have OK’d the contract, but that McGrady himself has yet to sign a deal at present.
“We’ve had detailed conversations with McGrady’s agent before, there’s been a mutual trust between both sides,” said Sheng. “We came to a verbal agreement very quickly. His agent based the contract around our talks and once he sent it over, we made some amendments and gave it back to him. After he looked at it, he indicated his approval and said he’d let McGrady look at it. But because one of McGrady’s agents is on the east coast and one is on the west, we need some time. We’re still waiting for official word from McGrady.”
McGrady, who is one of the most popular players of all-time in China due to his previous affiliation with the Houston Rockets and Yao Ming, had been rumored with a move to China over the last two years, and his negotiations with Qingdao have been widely reported over the last month both in China and in the West. Last season, McGrady was speculated to be considering a move to Chinese outfit, Foshan, before eventually deciding to play another season in the NBA.
McGrady worked out with the San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks in September, but was not given a guaranteed contract.
McGrady, a 15 year pro in the NBA, spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 5.3 points in 16 minutes per game.