JaVale McGee Rumors

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JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee
Position: None
Born: 01/19/88
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:237 lbs. / 107.5 kg.

Celtics still interested in JaVale McGee

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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.
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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.”