McGrady to work out with Clippers
"We've said from the beginning we'd explore every option to make this team as competitive as possible," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said Thursday night after the team's summer league game in Las Vegas.
"From a due diligence standpoint, if Tracy McGrady wants to come work out for you, for the price of a plane ticket and a dinner, how do you not bring him in?"
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Olshey has known McGrady, 31, since the seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champion was in high school and Olshey worked for agent Arn Tellem.
"Tracy and I have a good relationship," Olshey said. "We've known each other for a long time. He and Baron [Davis] have a good relationship. We obviously have a need for playmaking and scoring on the wings.
"You're talking about one of the greatest offensive talents in our game, and if Tracy is motivated and he's right, and he wants to be with us ... how could you not bring him in and take a look?"
McGrady has played 65 games over the past three seasons as back, knee and shoulder injuries consistently hampered his play. He hasn't shot above 40 percent from the field since the 2007-08 season.
He was traded from the Rockets to the New York Knicks in February, but averaged just 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in a little over 26 minutes a game.
As the Knicks season ended in April, McGrady told reporters in New York that he might retire if he's unable to regain his form over the summer and resurrect his career.
"If it don't happen this summer, I'll ride off into the sunset," he said before sitting out the Knicks season finale. "If I could go through another offseason of working my [butt] off, and I don't feel I'm getting any better, I can't see myself coming back playing the way I'm playing right now. I just don't see it happening."
Olshey said he's been told that McGrady has been training hard in Houston and Orlando this summer and initial reports about his condition sound promising.
"That's why we're brining him next week for a workout," Olshey said. "From a due diligence standpoint, how could you not take a look?"
Ramona Shelburne is a columnist and reporter for ESPNLosAngeles.com.