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Beyond the contract, left knee and petulance, McGrady has a lot of wear on his lower limbs. He cannot be who he once was. But will he come to accept the scaled-down version of himself?

If his actions in Houston are any indication, that mental adjustment won’t come anytime soon, if it ever comes.

That adjustment becomes even more difficult for those players accustomed to being high-volume shot-takers, as McGrady is.

Even the ever-cunning Michael Jordan could not reinvent himself during his two-season stint with the Wizards. He still was attempting to dominate games when he no longer could do it on a consistent basis.

These are the dissuasive considerations to any potential trade involving McGrady, a bad bet.