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Tracy McGrady says he may return to play in China

File photo of Tracy McGrady of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles driving the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao

Tracy McGrady (L) of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles drives the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao, Shandong province, in this November 16, 2012 file photo. The NBA’S San Antonio Spurs have signed the two-time NBA scoring leader for the rest of the season. REUTERS/China Daily/Files (CHINA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Tracy McGrady was on the playoff roster of the San Antonio Spurs as they made their run to the NBA Finals, but understandably, he wasn’t able to contribute all that much.

McGrady’s skill set has diminished far below the electric level it once reached, and he’s no longer capable of registering meaningful minutes against the game’s best players.

But McGrady can still play, and showed as much in China before coming to the Spurs last season. And a return there isn’t something he’s ruling out.

From China.org.cn (via HoopsHype):

In a pre-game press conference in Nanning, McGrady said he might come back to China Basketball Association (CBA) league despite its under par competitive environment.

“For those who have played years in NBA and still want to prolong their career like me, CBA is a great alternative,” said McGrady who played a whole CBA season before he joined the Spurs, clutched 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, and his all-star performance help him sustain his highly respectable status in China.

But he didn’t reveal much about the next stop of his career. “I am happy to be home with my wife and kids. But if possible, I may come back to CBA. I haven’t really thought about that,” said McGrady.


Those numbers endeared McGrady to the fans in China, and showed he still has something left.

McGrady did appear six times in the playoffs while with the Spurs, but never for more than eight minutes in a single game, and each time the contests had already been decided by the time he checked in. If he’s truly looking to continue to play, then China seems like his best option.