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McGrady switches courses again, plans to sign with Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- First Orlando, then Miami. Now it appears to be Orlando again.
Arn Tellem told WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach that he expects McGrady to sign with the Magic on Aug. 1, the first day of the free agent-signing period. Tellem said McGrady, from nearby Auburndale, wanted to be close to home.
"There's no place like home," Tellem said.
Free-agent forward Tracy McGrady said he will sign with the Magic, just a day after showing interest in the Miami Heat, NBA sources told The Orlando Sentinel.
The Magic took no chances Wednesday, sending coach Doc Rivers to meet with McGrady and get a firm commitment.
"I think we have him -- today, anyway," Rivers said. "I guess we don't really know until Aug. 1, but I feel good."
"I've made my decision. I've told the team I'm going to," said McGrady, who averaged 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds last season with the Raptors. "Hey, Alonzo called again. I don't know what he wanted. I didn't return the call."
McGrady said a formal announcement could be made by Friday.
But McGrady, who admitted being intrigued by the Heat after his conversations with Mourning, decided on Orlando after meeting with Rivers.
McGrady likely will sign a six-year contract for the NBA maximum of $67.5 million.
The Heat are expected to try to sign Charlotte Hornets swingman Eddie Jones. After spending Tuesday in Miami, he was in Orlando on Wednesday.