Tracy McGrady made his long awaited season debut on Tuesday night when the Rockets took on the Detroit Pistons. This move came contrary to Houston coach Rick Adelman's previous statement about not having McGrady suit up in the absence of Trevor Ariza. T-Mac ended up playing nearly 8 minutes, scoring 3 points (a 3-pointer) and gingerly grabbing 3 rebounds.
Some believe the change of heart to let McGrady play came partly due to the fact that the Rockets would be unable to move him if enquiring teams were unable to see McGrady play under the stresses of game action. Plus, Ariza's 1 game suspension was a perfect guise to get Tracy back on the court.
Let it be noted that Houston won the game against a Detroit team that finally had Rip Hamilton back in his 2nd straight game. Hamilton ended up scoring 21 points, adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists. However, the Pistons fell 107-96, but still hold on to the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.
As for the future of T-Mac in Houston, Rocket's brass look to work him into short minutes over their next several games. After that, who knows? Look for McGrady to eat up minutes from Kyle Lowry, Chase Budinger, and Shane Battier.
What do you think; will there be any contending teams willing to take a chance on a trade for T-Mac?