McGrady signs on in Motown

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Auburn Hills, MI - The Detroit Pistons announced the signing of veteran swingman Tracy McGrady to a one-year contract Monday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, McGrady will play for the league minimum of $1.35 million for a veteran with 10 or more years of service.

McGrady appeared in a combined 30 games last season for Houston and New York. He had limited playing time in six games with the Rockets after recovering from microfracture knee surgery and was dealt to the Knicks. In 24 games for New York, he averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

"I wanted to play basketball," McGrady was quoted as saying on the Pistons' website. "That's what I told (team president Joe Dumars). I wanted to play basketball. If anybody knows me, I don't show a lot of emotion, but I have a chip on my shoulder. I carry things in the back of my mind. That's what really motivates me."

The 31-year-old went to the NBA directly out of high school and was selected by Toronto with the ninth overall pick of the 1997 draft. He's also played for Orlando in his 13-year career and owns career averages of 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

McGrady was the NBA scoring champion in 2002-03 and 2003-04 with the Magic and averaged 24-plus points in seven consecutive seasons from 2000-07. A seven- time All-Star selection and two-time First-Team All-NBA choice, McGrady ranks 10th amongst active players in career points and has played in 38 career playoff games, averaging 28.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists.


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