After Tracy McGrady finally reached the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs as an active player, the 16-year veteran has officially announced his retirement. The 34-year old made the announcement Monday morning on ESPN First Take.
A 7-time all-star, McGrady was signed by the San Antonio Spurs in April to add depth and insurance for their playoff run, which resulted in a Finals appearance.
“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run but it’s time for it to come to an end,” McGrady said.
McGrady retires with career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists a game. Drafted 9th overall in the 1997 draft by the Toronto Raptors, McGrady rose to fame as a member of the Orlando Magic in 2000, where he won multiple scoring titles. The Houston Rockets acquired him in 2004 in a blockbuster deal for a package that involved Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley, and Kelvin Cato.
He spent 5 and a half seasons with the Rockets, was chosen to the all-star team 4 times, but his time in Houston will remembered more by his inability to stay healthy on a consistent basis, along with star center Yao Ming.
While the NBA is no longer an option for McGrady, he may still play overseas, as he did last season in China.
“Officially retired from the NBA,” he said. “Door’s still open.”