Retired McGrady back with Magic in advisory role

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Tracy McGrady, who played for the Orlando Magic from 2000 to 2004, will return to the team as a special assistant to chief executive Alex Martins (AFP Photo/Maddie Meyer)

Tracy McGrady, who played for the Orlando Magic from 2000 to 2004, will return to the team as a special assistant to chief executive Alex Martins

Tracy McGrady, who played for the Orlando Magic from 2000 to 2004, will return to the team as a special assistant to chief executive Alex Martins (AFP Photo/Maddie Meyer)

Miami (AFP) - Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, inducted earlier this year into the Basketball Hall of Fame, was named on Friday as a special assistant to Orlando Magic chief executive Alex Martins.

McGrady, who played for the Magic from 2000 to 2004, will be available to players and coaches as well as assisting and advising executives in several areas, including promotions.

"We're extremely pleased to bring him back home," Martins said. "Having Tracy McGrady, a perennial All-Star and a Hall of Famer, on our staff is tremendous for our entire organization.

"Whether it will be on the court with the team or in the Central Florida community, Tracy's knowledge, experience and stature will be an incredible asset for our players and our organization."

McGrady, 38, played in 295 games over four seasons in Orlando, averaging 28.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.53 steals. He twice led the league in scoring, averaging 32.1 points in 2002-03 and 28.0 points in 2003-04 and was named the NBA's 2001 Most Improved Player.

"I am thrilled to be back where I truly made a name for myself," McGrady said. "I am excited to be able to help them with whatever they may need."

McGrady played 15 seasons in the NBA with Orlando, Toronto, Houston, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and San Antonio before retiring in 2013. He also spent the 2012-13 campaign with China's Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles.

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