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Tracy McGrady thinks Sixers should go after Derrick Rose

Tracy McGrady, Derrick Rose, Sixers

NBA Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Tracy McGrady believes that Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose can help alleviate the Philadelphia 76ers’ recent woes.

In an appearance on The Jump alongside Rachel Nichols and fellow retired player Richard Jefferson, McGrady was quite adamant about which team should pull the trigger on a possible trade for D-Rose.

Jefferson was talking about how Rose should join a playoff-bound team, as T-Mac kept shouting “Philly” in the background.

“I think he should want to go and play in the playoffs. I think he’s an attractive trade piece. Do I think he’s somebody that’s going to get them over the top? I don’t think he can anybody over the top. But I want Derrick Rose in the postseason,” Richardson said of the youngest NBA MVP in history.

The Pistons star underwent a devastating string of knee injuries over the years. However, Rose is having a strong season in his first stint in the Motor City. The former MVP is averaging 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. He’s also shooting a 49.6 percent clip from the field and 31.8 percent from three.

Despite his strong numbers, some pundits feel that Rose is underappreciated in Detroit, only playing 25.8 minutes per contest under Dwayne Casey.

The 31-year-old guard had 22 points and six assists in the Pistons’ 116-103 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. It marked the seventh consecutive game where Rose has scored 20 or more points.

Rose leads his team in points and assists but still has to battle for his minutes in the crowded Detroit back court. The Pistons are currently out of the playoff picture (10th in the East) with a 15-27 record.


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