Tracy McGrady has retired from the NBA.
McGrady, who was drafted out of high school in 1997, appeared on ESPN’s First Take today to announce his retirement. The veteran said that he was done playing in the NBA but said that there was a possibility that he would find a team overseas.
McGrady said: “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… Officially retired from the NBA. Door’s still open.”
McGrady didn’t play much last year due to injuries and admitted that he was a little disappointed that he didn’t a chance to help out the San Antonio Spurs. McGrady was signed to the Spurs in April as San Antonio was gearing up to make its playoff run but the former all-star never got a chance to see the court.
The NBA player said that he knew going into San Antonio that he was an “insurance policy” if anyone got hurt but added that he felt like he could have helped the Spurs defeat the Heat.
McGrady said: “When we were in the Finals and Manu [Ginobili] was struggling, I felt I could contribute, absolutely.”
McGrady averaged 19.6 points during his career. he led the league in scoring for two consecutive seasons. In 2003 he averaged an amazing 32.1 points per game.
Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, 7 All-Stars, and countless exciting moments. Retiring from NBA. Stay tuned. #mac
— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) August 26, 2013
McGrady played with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs during his career. He won the scoring championship twice, 2003 and 2004, and was a 7 time NBA all-star.