On the encouraging side for Hawks Nation:
--The Atlanta Spirit, the reluctant team ownership group, showed it will not stand pat and is willing to spend (a little) money, McGrady costing about $1.4 million, the minimum for a 15th-year man;
--McGrady brings name recognition to a roster that could use some;
--The team can fall back on a veteran backup if free agent Jamal Crawford exits.
On the darker side:
--McGrady, beset by injuries, could not even crack the pathetic Pistons' lineup last year and averaged just eight points. A decade has passed since his MVP season;
--With depth shaping up as the biggest concern, a younger, healthier alternative is preferable;
--The acquisition suggests that the Hawks are resigned to losing Crawford.
If McGrady can halt, or reverse, creeping middle age, he will become a bargain.