NBA Free Agency: Is Tracy McGrady to the LA Lakers a Good Idea?

The NBA's free-agency signing period is slowly winding down, and Los Angeles Lakers fans seem to be growing impatient in anticipation of one final move that would put the Lakers over the proverbial top.

Most of the attention has centered around New York Knicks forward Tracy McGrady. Although he would appear attractive on the surface, I have my own reservations concerning McGrady.

Furthermore, do the Lakers even need McGrady?

The franchise made it known early that the main priorities in free agency would be re-signing Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown, and shoring up the point guard position.

Lakers' general manager Mitch Kupchak reportedly coveted former Clippers' point guard Steve Blake, and the Lakers were successful in signing Blake to a four-year deal early in free agency.

Fisher flirted with the Miami Heat, but that move was likely a bargaining ploy, and as expected, Fisher later signed a similar four-year deal which should ensure his career ends in Los Angeles.

Brown has yet to reach a deal with the Lakers, but any other options are being erased with each passing day, and the most likely scenario would be for Brown to re-sign in the near future.

Throw in rookies Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, who were both very impressive in Summer League play, and you have the makings of a pretty good group of Lakers' reserves.

Or so we thought.

When LeBron James and Chris Bosh decided to join Dwyane Wade in Miami, the attitude of the entire league changed. Especially in the eyes of the contenders, who were now forced to strengthen their rosters in order to compete with Miami's super team.

Suddenly, Lakers' fans were in panic mode, and despite management doing exactly what they stated, many felt the Lakers' championship roster needed added insurance, regardless of the obvious upgrades.

So now thoughts have turned to McGrady, but it is still up f...

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