Tracy McGrady not a Chicago Bull because of Michael Jordan?!

Tracy McGrady has had close calls when it comes to joining up with superstars throughout his career. Was Michael Jordan the reason he did not become a Chicago Bull?

Tracy McGrady is one of the greatest layers we have ever seen in the NBA. One of the most versatile scorers ever, Tracy McGrady was Kevin Durant before Kevin Durant. The late great Kobe Bryant has said that Tracy McGrady was one of the toughest players to guard and that he could do everything that Kobe could offensively and was 6’9″.

Tracy is one of the unluckiest superstars as well. He was great but his teams weren’t always the best. He was teammates with Vince Carter in Toronto but came off the bench. He went to Orlando to team up with Grant Hill but Grant Hill got injured. The most surprising one though was that Tracy McGrady was supposed to be a Chicago Bull. It seems he might have been one if it weren’t for the great Michael Jordan.


In an interview with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles, on their ‘Knuckleheads’ podcast made a shocking revelation. It seems that Jerry Krause, the General Manager of the Bulls when Michael Jordan played there, wanted to trade Scottie Pippen to draft Tracy McGrady. The only reason the deal did not go through is that Michael Jordan threatened to retire if Scottie was traded.

Despite not getting Tracy the first time around, Jerry Krause made another attempt to get the Hall of Famer to come to Chicago. He welcomed Tracy with open arms after the 1999-2000 season. He took Tracy to a Chicago Cubs game, had a plane fly over the stadium welcoming Tracy, and even had a tape from Oprah sending a message to the young star. Ultimately Tracy chose to go back home to Florida and signed with the Orlando Magic.

Tracy McGrady is one of the greatest ever. He gets lost among other NBA legends because he never won a championship. This man was one of the greatest scorers in NBA history and who knows, he might have won a championship if he had a competitive team.