Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Tracy McGrady was in Los Angeles working out with Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and is looking to return to the NBA. McGrady was testing out his body to see if he is in any way, shape, or form ready to make a return.
“Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels,” McGrady told Yahoo Sports.
According to Yahoo, McGrady was working out three days a week with Kobe throughout the month of August.
Two teams did show interest in McGrady earlier in the summer, but the desire is not there anymore.
McGrady announced his retirement after the 2012-2013 NBA season after spending 15 years in the league. He last played for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs signed him the last day of the regular season in 2013, and McGrady only showed up in six playoff games, where he did not score a point.
However, he is a seven-time NBA All-Star who has also won two scoring titles. McGrady has had career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists. If he is indeed in good shape, McGrady can serve as a solid backup guard for a championship caliber team.
Tracy McGrady has always been idolized by NBA fans, but his nagging back and knee injuries degraded his body rapidly and forced him to retirement. Nonetheless, it would be a joy to see him back in the NBA.