JaVale McGee RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:237 lbs. / 107.5 kg.
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:237 lbs. / 107.5 kg.
Free-agent center JaVale McGee is a serious consideration for the Los Angeles Clippers, and plans to have a telephone conversation with president and coach Doc Rivers on Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers, who lost center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, are taking a strong look at McGee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers have roughly $2.2 million in exception space left to pay a player beyond the league’s minimum salary slot of $1.4 million.
Boston’s salary cap situation this summer coupled with the league’s overall salary cap improvement the following year could pave the way for a two-year deal with McGee having an option to explore free agency in 2016 when many teams are expected to have substantial cap space to spend courtesy of the league’s new national TV deal kicking in.
The Boston Celtics were close to signing JaVale McGee back in March when the Philadelphia 76ers released him and thus made him a free agent. Could a second go-around be the charm? Despite the failed efforts by both sides to hammer out a deal earlier, the door hasn’t been totally slammed shut on the two coming together once again and seal a deal this time. The sticking point previously was the Celtics’ desire to have a team option following the 2015-2016 season while McGee’s camp instead wanted a player option.
If McGee had signed, the Celts, with their roster at the 15-man maximum, would have had to make a move. Most likely, the club would have released Shavlik Randolph, who was actually asked to come to the team’s facility for a meeting that day. It’s not known whether that talk was related to the McGee situation, but it’s probably fair to assume that, in that the meeting was canceled when the deal fell through.
That said, they have made their interest known and no doubt have reminded McGee’s camp that the Maverick payroll is expected to have plenty of cap space to go around this summer, although they are not offering more than a minimum contract for the rest of this season. Most likely, McGee will end up some place else. But the Mavericks are in the conversation.
Q: Do you worry at all about somebody new coming in and changing the chemistry you have in the locker room? Steve Kerr: We have good chemistry. We have as good team chemistry as I’ve seen in a long time–every time I watch the tape of our games, I see the background, I see the guys on the bench jumping up and down for each other. It’s awesome. It’s a powerful force.
Q: There have been some guys waived recently. Do you foresee adding somebody this week? Steve Kerr: (Laughs.) That sounds like a thinly veiled reference to someone who’s been in the news lately. I know you have to ask that, but I’m not going to answer that. It’s a hypothetical. I’ll let Bob handle any stuff like that. But beyond that, no comment.
Adrian Wojnarowski: McGee returns to market, multiple playoff teams interested. McGee doesn’t want to give up freedom for next year, wants player option. Boston appealed to McGee because there was a chance to play there, as well as help a team chasing playoffs. Most contenders called on McGee.
Jeff Goodman: Celtics deal w/ JaVale McGee has fallen through, sources told ESPN. Celtics wanted team option for next season, McGee wanted player. McGee took visit to Boston and the two sides thought deal was going to be done. But sticking point was next year and who held the option. option.
Adrian Wojnarowski: JaVale McGee and Boston couldn’t agree on option for next season, league source tells Yahoo. Celtics wanted team option; McGee player option. So JaVale McGee is back on the market, as @Steve Bulpett first reported.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich program shortly after the Goodman report surfaced and confirmed the two sides were close to a deal. “I probably shouldn’t touch on that yet since it’s still in the works, but that report is accurate,” Ainge said. While Ainge wouldn’t go into specifics on the signing, he did touch on McGee as a player and what he hopes to see from him in Boston. “Javale is a long, athletic guy,” Ainge said when asked for a scouting report on McGee. “We don’t have that type of player. Above the rim, he’s an offensive and defensive player. He’s been paid a lot of money in our league. He’s had some injuries, but he hasn’t lived up to his potential yet. We’re hoping that he can under Brad’s tutelage. I think he’s in a good place emotionally and mentally. I think he really wants to get his career on the right path.”