T-Mac Says “Goodbye NBA, Hello China”

Although it seems that the NBA career of former All-Star Tracy McGrady has reached its conclusion; T-Mac is not ready to hang his sneakers up quite yet. The small-forward has announced on his website, that he will playing in the upcoming campaign for the Qingdao Eagles in China. The 33-year-old veteran, played 15 seasons in the Association, as he was drafted out of high school by the Toronto Raptors with the ninth pick of the 1997 NBA Draft. After being one of the best players in the Association for about a decade, his numbers started slipping over the last few seasons, as injuries took their toll on him.

McGrady thanked a number of people who helped him prosper in the Association; including former executives and coaches, former teammates and a member of the media in his announcement. He wrote that the move to the Far East has him pumped. The veteran said “I am excited to play for Qingdao Eagles in China. I have been to China several times in the last few years and I love the people and the country. It will be an honor to play for them.”

T-Mac is well-known in China, as he played with Yao Ming for over five seasons with the Houston Rockets. McGrady was reportedly considering retiring from the game, as he could not secure a guaranteed contract with an NBA franchise, but changed his mind when he got the offer from the Chinese team.

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