Report: Bulls have doubts about McGrady
LeBron James is one of many free agents making important decisions.
- Free agency buzz: Latest big news
- Rosen: Shaq can help Celtics
- Power Rankings: Who's No. 1 now?
- Free agency winners and losers
- Rosen: Free agents gone bust
- FOX Sports Ohio: Questions for Cavs
- Rosen: Heat's failure would be good
- Lawrence: Time for Knicks' Plan B
- Kriegel: Knicks overpay, as usual
- Rosen: Amar'e-D'Antoni, not again!
- Summer of LeBron page
McGrady showed he has made physical progress since last season, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times, but the team's front office reportedly has reservations he will be a good fit in something less than a starring role.
The Bulls' interest stemmed from McGrady being a potential low-risk addition for a team coming off back-to-back, first-round playoff exits. The Bulls wouldn't have to pay him much and could refuse to fully guarantee the deal if they are satisfied with his health.
The two-time scoring champion had microfracture surgery on his left knee in February 2009 and appeared in just 30 games last season with New York and Houston, averaging 8.2 points.
On his Twitter account in the past week, McGrady praised the Bulls and referenced the courtship 10 years ago when he was one of the top prizes in a free agent class that included Grant Hill and Tim Duncan.
A three-piece band, cheerleaders, team mascot Benny the Bull and then-general manager Jerry Krause greeted him at O'Hare, but with little talent in place, the Bulls struck out. McGrady wound up leaving Toronto for Orlando, instead.
Chicago went after top prizes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They decided to former a superstar trio in Miami, and the Bulls landed two-time All-Star forward Carlos Boozer, sharpshooter Kyle Korver and guard Ronnie Brewer, who all played together in Utah.
They also added backup guard C.J. Watson and signed veteran forward Kurt Thomas to a one-year deal in a move that was announced on Monday, giving them a strong defender and rebounder to go with Boozer and Noah. And they have a new coach in Tom Thibodeau.
"I've been looking forward to seeing Thibodeau get a head coaching job for a number of years," said Thomas, who played for New York when Thibodeau was a Knicks assistant. "He definitely put in his time. He's a hard worker. He's very passionate about the game. And to finally see him get this opportunity and be a part of it is definitely a blessing."
The new coach, new additions and core that was in place were big draws for Thomas.
"All those weighed in heavy in my decision to sign here," he said.