Tracy McGrady completed his workout at the Berto Center this morning and said it went well.
"I love the city," McGrady told reporters as he was leaving. "It's a first-class organization. What's not to like about the Bulls?
"I had the opportunity [to join the Bulls] back in 2000, but I chose to go back home. It's full circle again and here I am."
McGrady is a free agent and he has made it clear the Bulls are his first choice.
But even though it won't take much money to sign the former All-Star -- probably less than $3 million for the upcoming season -- the Bulls will have to be convinced of two things before making a contract offer:
First, they have to see proof that McGrady, 31, is healthy enough to play again at a high level following microfracture surgery a year and a half ago. McGrady believes he did that during the workout.
Secondly, he has to convince them that he is willing to accept a lesser role and won't cause problems if he doesn't get the playing time he thinks he deserves. He will get his chance to do that this afternoon when he has lunch with the Bulls' brass.
McGrady said he is, but doesn't think it will come to that because he is physically better now than he was last season.
"This was a great team, a pretty good team, without adding myself and Carlos Boozer, and some of the key players that they added this offseason," he said of the Bulls. "You bring a coach in like [Tom] Thibodeau, who's very defensive minded, very smart and knows the game, knows what to get out of his players.
"I think we can be really good, I really do."
We? He is confident the Bulls will sign him.