UPDATE: It’s official. Tracy McGrady will play in Qingdao for the 2012-13 CBA season! The former Raptors/Magic/Rockets star announced “Goodbye NBA, Hello China” on his official website dated October 9, 2012.
Yahoo Sports reported that former NBA star Tracy McGrady will be appearing in a Qingdao Double Star uniform in the Chinese Basketball Association for the upcoming 2012-13 season. QQ Sports have reported this as well in Chinese media.
The CBA season will start in late November and T-Mac’s official site announced the deal on October 9, 2012. As supporters of the Double Star Eagles from the inception of Qingdaonese.com, we are overjoyed to welcome one of the best players from the NBA to the CBA
Shuang Xin, Jia you!
More info on Tracy McGrady Coming to Qingdao:
After 15 often spectacular seasons in the NBA, Tracy McGrady is finalizing agreement on a one-year contract with Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
McGrady, a seven-time All-Star, couldn’t secure a guaranteed NBA contract for this season and decided against trying to make a roster in training camp.
McGrady, 33, will likely complete the deal within the next couple days and leave for China within the next one to two weeks, sources said. McGrady’s long-time partnership with former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming made McGrady a popular player in China, and he’ll be afforded star status there.
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According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the seven-time NBA All-Star is very close to signing a one-year deal with Qingdao Double Star Eagles. If all goes according to plan, McGrady will leave for the Middle Kingdom in the next week or two.
In a report published by Sina Sports, Qingdao general manager, Sheng Xishun, confirmed that McGrady’s representatives have OK’d the contract, but that McGrady himself has yet to sign a deal at present.
“We’ve had detailed conversations with McGrady’s agent before, there’s been a mutual trust between both sides,” said Sheng. “We came to a verbal agreement very quickly. His agent based the contract around our talks and once he sent it over, we made some amendments and gave it back to him. After he looked at it, he indicated his approval and said he’d let McGrady look at it. But because one of McGrady’s agents is on the east coast and one is on the west, we need some time. We’re still waiting for official word from McGrady.”