In 1997, Tracy McGrady was selected at the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft and was on his way to play with the Raptors in Toronto. It turns out however that he was very close to going to Chicago instead to play with Michael Jordan as the Bulls were secretly having discussions to trade Scottie Pippen for McGrady. When Jordan found out about the plan in place, he quickly killed the deal and robbed McGrady of his chance to play with the goat!


Tracy was on “The Jump” with Rachel Nichols on ESPN yesterday when he dropped the bomb on both Nichols and Ramona Shelburne, who were shocked to be hearing about this for the first time.

Before you go crazy and ask how could the Bulls even think about doing that, remember this. It was only one year later that they did in fact trade him in a deal they completed with the Rockets, so it’s clear the Bulls knew his time in Chicago was coming to an end in the near future.

The power of Michael Jordan though when it comes to basketball has no limits, especially back then and he knew what he was doing by killing the deal because the Bulls went on to win the title again that season, which was Jordan’s last with the Bulls.