McGrady Heads East
According to several Chinese sports websites NBA star Tracy McGrady has signed a contract to play in the Chinese Basketball Association.
McGrady posted the announcement on his personal blog.
“There are times in life that a new road presents itself and it appears this time has come for me now. I am so proud of what I have accomplished these past 15 years playing in the NBA. It was a dream entering the league as I just turned 18 years old. I worked hard and poured my heart and soul into this game,” wrote McGrady.
He added: “As I enter this next chapter, I am excited to play for Qingdao Eagles in China. I have been to China several times in the last few years and I love the people and the country. It will be an honor to play for them. Thank you to every fan that has followed me and believed in me. Injuries and all, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I am proud of the mark I left on this game and am grateful to have been a part this league. It was a dream to play in front of all of you, each night, in every stadium. Thank you.”
McGrady, 33, will be playing for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles and the team is roughly in the middle of the league standings. McGrady is well known in China as he played with Yao Ming of China for several years when both played for the Houston Rockets.
Last season the seven time All Star played for the Atlanta Hawks but he did not receive a contract offer for the upcoming season and had contemplated retirement. The Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles were looking to improve their standings and approached McGrady about joining the team. The contract is believed to be for at least $1 million but there was no other contract information available.