Grover: McGrady could play vs. 76ers

Updated: February 17, 2010, 4:07 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Tracy McGrady's trainer says if the Chicago Bulls pull off a trade for his client, the former All-Star could be ready to play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

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"If the Bulls make a trade for him before the trade deadline, on Saturday, the game against Philadelphia, you can put him in a uniform and throw him out there, and he will be extremely effective," Tim Grover, the famed athletic trainer whose clients have included Michael Jordan, said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000.

The Houston Rockets have been trying to trade McGrady for months, and reports have the Bulls and New York Knicks as the most likely destinations.

New York has been atop McGrady's wish list, and the Rockets mutually agreed in December to part company and search for a workable trade before the deadline. McGrady has played in just six games this season with the Rockets.

Asked if McGrady would welcome a trade to the Bulls, Grover said: "At this point, who wouldn't? Chicago is an up and coming team, the market is unbelievable to play at, they have a perennial All-Star in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah alongside who is one of the best power forwards/centers out there and then Luol Deng who has been steady his whole career. I think it's a great fit."

Although the specifics of the Bulls' proposal has not been confirmed, Chicago has multiple expiring contracts to package in a deal for McGrady's own $22.5 million expiring contract. Those assets include Brad Miller, Jerome James' cap-friendly contract and the increasingly coveted Tyrus Thomas, who is being pursued in separate trades by several teams, including New York, San Antonio and Denver.

Grover said there is no doubt that McGrady will be traded, and the team that gets him will have a motivated former superstar.

"He's extremely hungry," Grover said. "He's worked so hard to get to this healthy point. I think he's going to do extremely, extremely well."

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