Tracy McGrady still wants to play right now, but the Rockets continue to insist that he stay cautious and only play when he is fully cleared medically.
The next step for a potential McGrady return occurred Monday, as McGrady was supposed to get an MRI on his injured knee. The results have not come back yet, but if McGrady checks out, then he’ll probably want to get back on the court even more than he did before.
At that point, can the Rockets really tell him he isn’t ready yet? Unless the Rockets trade him — there’s reported interest from the Knicks due to his expiring contract — they might reach a point where they have to play him even if they’d rather not.