Atlanta Hawks will sign Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

Veteran free agent forward Tracy McGrady plans to sign a one-year contract with the Hawks, according to a person with knowledge of McGrady’s intentions.

The person did not want to be identified because NBA teams are not allowed to agree to terms until Friday, after the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified by players and owners. However, the person said McGrady told the Hawks he would sign a contract for the veteran’s minimum once the rules allow it.

McGrady, 32, was the No. 9 overall pick by Toronto in the 1997 draft. He was an All-Star for Orlando and Houston from 2000-01 to 2006-07, but a series of injuries contributed to his steady decline.

McGrady rejuvenated his career last season in Detroit, where he started 39 of 72 games and averaged eight points and 3.5 assists while shooting 44 percent from the field. McGrady served as a so-called “point forward” for the Pistons because of his ballhandling and passing skills.

— Reported by Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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