Tracy McGrady is aware of a factor or two about issuing a commerce request, as he quite famously requested the Orlando Magic to commerce him in 2004 after Orlando completed the season with the worst file within the East. As such, the Corridor of Famer understands higher than most what goes via a star’s thoughts relating to issuing a commerce demand and would empathize with the issue of constructing that call.
In a recent interview with GQ, McGrady was requested concerning the two huge commerce requests this summer time, noting that he will get the place Damian Lillard was coming from, saying “it was time” for Lillard’s tenure in Portland to finish. Nevertheless, James Harden’s latest trade request evades him utterly, as he has no concept what the hell Harden’s searching for if it’s not taking part in alongside the reigning MVP on a legit contender.
The evolution of the NBA. You get hit with some shit every 12 months. Dame, to me, it was time. But when I’m Portland, I obtained to do what’s greatest for our franchise, as effectively. I’m not gonna give away you, Dame, with you simply coming off averaging 32 factors. You continue to obtained sport. I gotta get somebody again that’s All-Star caliber. And I don’t perceive for the lifetime of me what James Harden is doing. Why are you making an attempt to get out?
That makes zero sense to me. Not solely that, however I have a look at all of the teammates he’s performed with. James has in all probability performed with extra Corridor of Famers than anyone within the league, and he doesn’t have a hoop to point out for it. I don’t know what he’s searching for. And perhaps there’s some inside bullshit that is occurring that we don’t learn about. As a result of it doesn’t make any sense to me to go away the MVP, and the Jap Convention, the place you’ve gotten a shot to at the very least play for a championship. It’s obtained to be one thing deeper than what you realize. Recover from it, man.
There have been a number of stories of Harden feeling like he can’t trust the Sixers front office after taking a reduction final summer time and never getting supplied the long-term deal he hoped for this summer time. That actually performed a significant function in his commerce request, however given that is his third in 4 years, it’s additionally turning into a behavior for him to bolt any time he turns into sad with a state of affairs. As McGrady notes, typically you simply need to “recover from it, man” relating to these types of issues when the aim is to win championships. We’ll see if Harden is ready to get his manner and find yourself on the Clippers, the place he’ll pair with two new All-Stars in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, however you gained’t discover an excessive amount of sympathy for Harden’s state of affairs from T-Mac or many others.