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T-mac on his way out

HOUSTON, December 30 – The Houston Rockets confirmed Tuesday they are seeking to trade Tracy McGrady, after a request for a move from the two-time NBA scoring champion's representatives.General manager Daryl Morey said the two sides have had "multiple conversations" and that the Rockets "have agreed to look into trade opportunities and have granted him an indefinite leave from team activities."

McGrady, a seven-time All-Star, has been unhappy with his playing time in six games since he returned from knee surgery in the off season.

McGrady, who is due to make about 23 million dollars this season in the last year of his contract, has played a total of 46 minutes in six games since returning from microfracture surgery on his left knee. That procedure, last February, cut short his previous season.

McGrady had been insisting since training camp that he was ready to play again, but the Rockets have been slow to integrate him into the regular rotation.

Houston coach Rick Adelman said before Tuesday’s game against New Orleans that McGrady never progressed to the point where he was ready to increase his minutes.

"He’s been hurt for over a year," Adelman said. "The thing that people want to write about is who he was two years ago, and he isn’t that right now. We have a whole team here and it’s not just about what he wants or what he was going to want, or what was going to happen. It was about what can he do to help us win, and that was the bottom line to me.

"He wanted to play, he wanted to push it," Adelman said. "Unfortunately, you’ve got to deal with the whole group, not just one individual. He’s coming back from major surgery, he’s rehabilitating and who knows when he’s going to get there. Right now, he wasn’t there."

McGrady averaged 7.7 minutes in his six games and hit only 7 of 19 shots.

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He was granted permission to leave the team before weekend games in New Jersey and Cleveland and returned to Houston.

The Rockets acquired McGrady in June 2004, hoping that he would team with Yao Ming and return the franchise to prominence, but his five-season tenure was plagued by injury.

He averaged 25.7 points and 5.5 assists in his first season, but the Rockets lost to Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets also lost in the first round in 2007 and 2008.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Maroussia

    February 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    It will be great to watch Houston Rockets, i have bought tickets from
    http://ticketfront.com/event/Houston_Rockets-tickets looking forward to it.

  2. Nyamongo g o

    August 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    . Please young MP S,you should know very well that ODM was not found within a short time as you have been into Parliament. Can you appreciate That Nyongo and his likes have persevered over decades to bring Kenyan politics to where you Young Turks have found it today? through wisdom, you Young Politicians should rally behind the old brothers and ADD more palatable political incentives to boost ODM s chances of winning the next Ellections. Please cope and lend hand in innovating ODM.

    • Duncan Muchina

      August 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you good Sir! We will do that especially after the gallant and popular Nyong’o found the back of the net from an off-side position that wasn’t flagged for a foul. Good advise.

  3. Patriot

    August 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Where are these so called “young turks” in ODM when M.Ps raid the tax payer and grab 1.2 million in salaries almost by force. We didin’t hear even a singlel one of them speak out for Kenyans. They all joined the gravy train. Where are these “young turks” when devolution is being vandalised by State House? Today the TA has bastardized the deal governors signed with the DP William Ruto and grabbed all the money for key development in counties like roads. rural electrification, agriculture functions. Why can’t these “young turks” and the likes of Wambugu address these real problems Kenyans face instead of yapping endlessly about Raila and ODM and telling us what to do in 2017. Why can’t you show Kenyans what you can do for them now other than fighting Raila and bringing all these political side shows.

    • Duncan Muchina

      August 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      What genius! You are calling on young Turks to address issues their “bosses” have discarded for an inside lane for the 2017 elections! Go on Mzalendo.

  4. obetmagondi

    August 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    It is sad to note that instead of focusing ODM energy on the Jubilee weakness ODM is making the same mistake it made before, shooting itself in the foot! Fighting each other instead of the enemy!
    The strategy is what ODM lacks. Get that right and everything will fall in place.

  5. Thion'go

    August 14, 2013 at 1:38 am

    You are right that it is surprising (may be not) that Raila will not allow the younger guys some lime light. What also amazes is this new CORD fixation on destroying the so called tyranny of numbers. Is it impossible to endear himself to those voters in the tyrannical areas? Does he then write off the entire Gikuyu nation and also the Rift Valley Kalenjins? Can he rule Kenya without the support of these large groups of people in the unlikely event he became Kenya’s president? Why does he want a Prime minister– parliamentary system of government when he endorsed the Presidential model in the campaign for the new Constitution? It is not easy being jobless, but can he just go away. The desperation is rather obvious and makes him look weak.

  6. Onag

    August 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

    After three races the horse is tired and should be retired.

  7. Wanaruona.

    August 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    ngunjiri shame on you. you had been raila’s so called political director. Can someone draw a parallel between you and miguna??? We have info that you conned him into believing you are sincere while in the actual sense you were a jubilee mole. If you are sincere, why didnt you advise him well while you were in his payroll? I liken you to colonial komerera. Do us a favour and leave baba alone.

    • Muhiiga Katashaya

      August 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      “we have info….” you and who? you sycophants are really one step behind everyone else.

    • Duncan Muchina

      August 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      What a silly comment! What’s that you said again; that Ngunjiri should have advised Raila better? Are you kidding me?!! Raila’s best adviser, for your ignorant information, is himself! Ask Miguna! No-one rose to that revered position as his adviser like Miguna did and if RAO chose do defy him, who the hell is anyone else? Think brother! Raila is his own best adviser and that’s why he will wallow in his own pity for the rest of his gone political career.

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