I was all for taking a risk on McGrady. At his peak he was a rare athletic and basketball talent, and I think many forget just how skilled he is at scoring and creating. He looked terrible last year, but seemed to understand his recovery was going to take time and was confident that he had the discipline to see it through. I've seen these clips of him on the Pistons...
He looks to be getting his swag back. He had a +31 with 17 pts., 7assts., 7 boards and 3 steals in 24 min. in the most recent Toronto game. I know there were concerns about how he'd fit in and if he'd be selfish, particularly in light of his talk of being a major piece to a team. I think he was just making an accurate observation - a 6'7" shooting guard with a complete game, a veteran understanding, and a clean bill of health is a major piece to any team. Signing Bogans instead of TMac is like DWade being loyal to his wife (she and Bogans have that "I'm way out of my league but f-ck it, I got a contract" thing going on) instead of getting to know Gabrielle Union because her last three movies bombed and her ass started getting a little too fat. You gotta know the talent has at least one good comeback in them after they've been humbled.
I think TMac as he's playing now, in our starting lineup for 20min. a game would've been just what we're now desperate to trade for, a big guard who can catch and shoot and create his own shot if need be. They both have terrible numbers so far, but even there Bogans' are worse, and I'm thinking McGrady's are due to his still getting back in game condition and the fact that the Pistons are a mess and their lineup changes every night (he runs the point at times as well). McGrady is probably the better athlete and defender at this point as well, as height, long arms, and decent agility makes an adequate defender in any good defensive system. He also would've been another able ball handler to do spot-duty at the point with the second unit, allowing C.J. to focus on scoring.
Just wish we had taken the risk earlier instead of now having to consider trading valuable assets for a J.R. Smith or O.J. Mayo because Bogans is absolutely worthless and we appear to have a team that can legitimately contend thanks to DRose taking the leap and Noah taking a few more good steps. TMac wouldn't have been our starting SG of the future, but he would've been a good stopgap for this year and could've held it down the next year or two if all went well as we developed what could be drafted with the Charlotte pick or considered other trades.