Tracy McGrady Joins Chinese Basketball Association

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The seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has taken his talents abroad to join the Chinese Basketball Association.

According to ESPN, the former Houston Rocket and Yao Ming teammate signed a contract with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles. Though the announcement on his official site offered no details, reports say that McGrady’s deal is worth $1 million.

“I have been to China several times in the last few years and I love the people and the country,” he writes. ‘It will be an honor to play for them.”

McGrady played for the Atlanta Hawks last season but failed to lock in an NBA contract for the upcoming season. He was contemplating retirement before being approached by the CBA. In his seemingly farewell letter to the NBA, McGrady thanked various players, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and his fans.

“Thank you to every fan that has followed me and believed in me. Injuries and all, I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” he says. “I am proud of the mark I left on this game and am grateful to have been a part this league. It was a dream to play in front of all of you, each night, in every stadium. Thank you.”

All the best, T-Mac!