Report: McGrady seeks trade from Rockets

A person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated

Press that Tracy McGrady’s representatives asked the Houston

Rockets to trade him.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because

neither side has made an official comment.

The seven-time All-Star has been asking for more playing time as

he tries to come back from offseason microfracture surgery on his

left knee. He left the team and returned to Houston over the

weekend.

The Houston Chronicle first reported Monday night that McGrady’s

representatives asked for a trade. General manager Daryl Morey was

not immediately available and Bob Myers, McGrady’s agent, did not

immediately return a phone message left by the AP.

McGrady has played in six games since his season debut on Dec.

15. Houston coach Rick Adelman had limited him to only 7-8 minutes

since then.

McGrady is due to make about $23 million this season, the last

year of his contract with Houston. He joined the Rockets in 2004 in

a trade with Orlando.

The 30-year-old McGrady promised to team with Yao Ming and

return the Rockets to prominence when he arrived in June 2004. But

his five-season tenure was marked more by injuries than team

success.

He averaged 25.7 points and 5.5 assists in his first season, but

the Rockets lost to Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.

McGrady’s numbers steadily declined as his health became more of

an issue. He missed 34 games in 2005-06 with back injuries and that

lingered into the following season.

He hurt his elbow and his knee early in the 2007-08 season and

missed a total of 16 games. He was in and out of the lineup last

season and finally opted for the risky, season-ending surgery

around the All-Star break.

Without him, the Rockets won their first playoff series since

1997, then fought the Los Angeles Lakers to seven games in the

second round.

McGrady spent the summer working with Tim Grover, Michael

Jordan’s former trainer. The Rockets, meanwhile, acquired Trevor

Ariza to fill McGrady’s role in the lineup. Ariza even took

McGrady’s No. 1 and is the Rockets’ third-leading scorer, averaging

16.3 points per game.

The Rockets already knew they’d play this season without Yao,

who underwent foot surgery after the season. But Houston is a

surprising 18-13 heading into Tuesday’s game against New Orleans

and with each game, it seemed increasingly clear that McGrady no

longer had a clear role on the team.

He came off the bench to average 7.7 minutes in six games and

hit only 7 of 19 shots in his brief return. Adelman never firmly

said when McGrady’s playing time would increase.

McGrady was then granted permission to leave the team before

weekend games in New Jersey and Cleveland and returned to

Houston.