McGrady poised to join China’s DoubleStar

McGrady poised to join China’s DoubleStar

SANGHAI - Agence France-Presse
McGrady poised to join China’s DoubleStar

Tracy McGrady (1) is close to becoming the latest NBA star to play in China. AP photo

US basketball star Tracy McGrady is close to sealing a deal to play for Qingdao DoubleStar in China with an announcement expected within days, a team official told AFP yesterday.

The team in the eastern city of Qingdao has reached a verbal agreement with the seven-time National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star and was waiting for McGrady to sign a contract, Qingdao’s general manager Sheng Xishun told AFP.

“Both parties have reached a verbal agreement,” Sheng said. “The contract is for one year.” He declined to give financial details.

McGrady is familiar to Chinese fans through his years playing alongside the now-retired Yao Ming with the Houston Rockets.

The Chinese Basketball Association team had already signed the contract and sent it to McGrady’s agent for the player’s signature, Sheng said. “So far we haven’t received a reply from him (McGrady). We expect him to confirm tomorrow or the day after,” he added.

McGrady, 33, has played for several teams in his NBA career including six seasons with the Rockets. He most recently signed with the Atlanta Hawks as a free agent last year.

McGrady is the latest of several NBA players who have sought to revive their flagging careers in China.
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to their first-ever Chinese title last season.