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Report: Tracy McGrady not signing to play in China

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ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 03: Tracy McGrady #1 of the Detroit Pistons against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Tracy McGrady is still far more popular in China than his game warrants — he was the star playing beside Yao Ming for years in Houston and will always be remembered that way in China.

So it’s not shocking to see rumors of him signing in China popping up now and again.

But it’s not happening, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

A source with knowledge of McGrady’s thinking insisted Tuesday to that he’s “not playing in China this year no matter what people read.”

After a few season ravaged by injury, McGrady bounced back with the Pistons and had a solid season in a dysfunctional situation, playing in 72 games and giving them 8 points a game playing nearly 24 minutes. He had a PER right at the league average of 14.9. That’s not 2002-03, vintage jaw-dropping McGrady, but it’s solid. That’s the kind of veteran support contenders like to see off the bench if they can get it at an affordable price. And McGrady is a free agent.

McGrady may draw that kind of interest… if we ever have a season. But he’s not playing in China, so you can move on from that one.