Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pistons Take a Chance on Tracy McGrady

The Detroit Pistons have signed seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

The Breakdown
I honestly have no clue why the Pistons made this move. They are loaded with wings, so I have no idea where McGrady will fit in. At shooting guard, they have Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon. At small forward, they have Tayshaun Prince, Jonas Jerebko, and Austin Daye.

To me, this move signals that the Pistons are determined to move either Prince or Hamilton. Chances are Prince gets moved as he's in the final year of his deal. This would allow Jerebko and McGrady to take over at small forward. Daye, who's young and still improving, likely becomes the odd man out.

If the Pistons don't make a move, this signing really hurts the values of Jerebko and Daye. I just don't see Daye getting a chance with T-Mac there and Jerebko will have a reduced role as McGrady steals minutes at small forward. But because McGrady is so fragile, things could change at any point in the season.

I would only think about drafting McGrady in a very deep league. He's just too injury prone to be a consideration in even moderately deep leagues and he's clearly not the T-Mac of old. Plus, we don't know for certain how Detroit will use him. This move appears to slightly hurt Jerebkos value, but I'd wait to see if Prince is traded in the offseason before passing final judgment on Jonas. If a Prince trade does happen, Jerebko's value goes up considerably because the inevitable McGrady injury will give him the same opportunity to play major minutes that he enjoyed last year. Be sure to keep track of Detroit's moves this offseason prior to your draft.

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