JaVale McGee still available
Former Denver Nugget, JaVale McGee is still available on the free agent market after reaching a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers close to a month ago. He was reportedly in talks with the Boston Celtics, but those fell through when Boston wanted to add-on a second-year team option to McGee’s contract, something he refused due to his desire to enter free-agency in July. I can’t blame McGee, NBA teams have proven to overpay for big-men in free-agency–heck McGee received a $44 million deal from Denver just three years ago.
There are still playoff contenders available that are looking to add a big-man, and McGee could be a fit playing a smaller role with limited minutes off the bench. Teams like the Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat could be in play for Javale’s services, with a rest-of-season contract. His ability to block shots and control the paint on the defensive-end is quite valuable to a team, and can shift momentum in his teams favor, especially during the playoffs when the NBA game slows down. The downside of course, is his out-of-control play, which is why limiting his minutes will be key.
My hunch, is you will see McGee heading North of the border, to re-unite with his old general manager Masai Ujiri (who signed McGee to that $44 million contract with the Nuggets) in Toronto. Providing center depth behind Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson, McGee could be just the piece the Raptors need to head into the playoffs hot, something not currently happening in Canada. With the NBA playoffs fast approaching, you will start to hear McGee’s name come up more in basketball circles, so stay tuned.