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Dan Woike: The situation with Andre Drummond last season was less than ideal, and while Gasol’s reinsertion into the starting lineup late in the playoffs might be some vindication for the proud vet, the Lakers have to wonder if he wants to be back after it seemed like the team didn’t want him. If Gasol is out, the Lakers will need to find a starting center. And innovation could lose out to familiarity. In addition to Howard, I think JaVale McGee could be another option too.
Despite how the season ended, JaVale McGee is interested in returning to Denver, according to two league sources, but is expected to have multiple suitors. Nuggets coach Michael Malone raved about McGee’s locker room presence throughout the playoffs, and has said the team intends to find more rest for Jokic next season.
It’s possible that the Nets could lose out on Drummond. If so, there is another big man to keep an eye on in Brooklyn: JaVale McGee. Per SNY sources, McGee remains on Brooklyn’s radar as a possible roster addition as we inch closer to Thursday’s deadline. Cleveland could trade McGee prior to the deadline or the Cavs could reach a buyout with him. Brooklyn is interested in McGee if he’s bought out. It’s unknown if Brooklyn has interest in trading for McGee. The Nets have limited options via trade but can have open roster spots to add a player like McGee via buyout.
I think JaVale McGee would be a nice addition – he’s willing to sacrifice, gives the Lakers a dimension they miss without having to add a huge ego. I’ve heard there’s some interest, but McGee would need to be traded to another team from Cleveland and then be bought out to be eligible to sign with the Lakers.
Ramona Shelburne: JaVale McGee has agreed to return to the Lakers, where he’ll likely start at center, league sources tell ESPN. It’s a two-year, $8.2 million deal, with a player option.
The meeting with McGee in Los Angeles went extremely well, two individuals familiar with the process said on Wednesday. The Rockets' interest was not just if Capela was dealt. McGee would be happy with his role with the Rockets, serving as a pick-and-roll target for James Harden and Chris Paul. The Rockets want greater size off the bench and the vertical spacing the second unit has lacked.
Chris Haynes: Free agent center JaVale McGee plans to meet with the Detroit Pistons on Monday, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Chris Haynes: Free agent center JaVale McGee will meet with the Houston Rockets on Sunday, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
The Los Angeles Lakers have made the signing of JaVale McGee official, inking the veteran center to a one-year contract reportedly worth $1.5 million.

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Bobby Marks: The salary for JaVale McGee on a one-year contract in Los Angeles is $2.4M. The Lakers will incur a $1.5M cap hit because of the veteran exception rule.
The Warriors have reached out to JaVale McGee to express interest in re-signing him, a source has confirmed with The Chronicle. But weeks after playing a factor in the NBA Finals, McGee, 30, is also receiving interest from the Thunder, Lakers and Pelicans.
Free-agent center JaVale McGee told ESPN he wishes to return to the Golden State Warriors and has no desire to relocate. "I haven't thought about [another team] mainly because, hopefully, in my mind, I'm a Warrior for the rest of my career," he said to ESPN on Monday, six days before the free-agency period begins on July 1. "If that happens, it would be a blessing."
McGee will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and has hopes of being a starting center, but said he has only two goals for the remainder of this season. "To take full advantage of every opportunity that I'm given and win an NBA championship. That's it," he said. "I just want to contribute to our wins."
The common thread among these players: they are aware the Warriors gives them a greater platform to show their value. “Coming from a winning organization, going into free agency you may be less concerned about where you’re going,” said McGee, who joined the Warriors’ training camp roster in 2016. “The sense of you is that you’re a winner and teams like winners. If you look at anybody or any team that comes off winning, the players that did well for the winning team usually get another contract somewhere else.”
The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have re-signed free agent center JaVale McGee to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. McGee, 29, averaged 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 9.6 minutes over 77 games (10 starts) in his first season with the Warriors in 2016-17, while hitting a career-best 65.2 percent from the field. In 10 starts, McGee tallied averages of 9.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game.
The Golden State Warriors are re-signing center JaVale McGee to a one-year contract, source told ESPN's Chris Haynes. The Warriors invited McGee to training camp last summer, and he made the 15-man roster as a veteran rim protector.
Monte Poole: Multiple league sources: @JaVale McGee is a few details away from returning to #Warriors. Expected to get done.
Chris Haynes: Free agent center JaVale McGee has agreed to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell ESPN.

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While that was enough to resuscitate McGee’s career, his attempt to capitalize on free agency has thus far come up empty. Though his representatives have met with several teams, McGee remains on the market. “We’d love to have him back,” Kerr said. “If he doesn’t come back, then I think we would be patient and explore our options. “But we feel great about what we have heading into the season.”
At this point, the best recourse is bringing back JaVale McGee. But one source said he is not happy with the Warriors for not giving him a shot at the starting slot and giving all of the mid-level to free agent guard Nick Young. McGee believed his play this season earned him more minutes and money, and is looking for that on the market.
The last roster spot that’s still sitting out there. There’s some talk about maybe bringing JaVale back. Do you need another center? You ended last year with six centers, only have five right now. Steve Kerr: I would love to have JaVale back. We all want him back. But we’ll see how all that goes. He’s a free agent, he’s exploring his options. He was great for us last year, such a good teammate, high energy. But we’ll see.
JaVale McGee remains in free agency limbo as the Warrior roster sits at 14. Perhaps no current player is affected by the decision on that final spot more than second-year center Damian Jones.
Chris Haynes: Free agent center JaVale McGee scheduled to meet with the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent JaVale McGee has a meeting set with Clippers today, sources tell ESPN. He's remained engaged with Warriors on return there.
Golden State is still interested in retaining JaVale McGee, a source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. McGee, who had a resurgent year for the Warriors on a veteran minimum deal, is also drawing interest from the Clippers, Suns and Heat.
If there’s a great offer somewhere else and you decide to take it, how painful would it be to leave this championship team? JaVale McGee: Oh man, it would be horrible to leave here. This is the best situation I’ve ever been and I love it here. But I definitely have to make the best decision for my family, I guess. And now that everyone is on the McGee bandwagon, I’m sure you know the people that were by your side those tough years, right? JaVale McGee: I definitely see the snakes in the grass, the people trying to jump on the bandwagon now. That was the same people that doubted me from the beginning.
The Golden State Warriors will hold their 2016 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the team’s Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland beginning Tuesday, September 27, it was announced today. The team also announced the signing of free agent center JaVale McGee, free agent forward Elgin Cook, and free agent guards Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams. The team’s roster currently stands at 19 players.
The Golden State Warriors have signed JaVale McGee, Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elgin Cook to contracts. McGee played in just 34 games last season with the Dallas Mavericks. McGee agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Warriors in late July.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Mavs' interest in JaVale McGee, to this point, more "exploratory." Yet rim protection/athleticism are certainly prime needs
The Dallas Mavericks have opened up discussions on a potential deal with JaVale McGee, league sources tell RealGM. McGee was traded by the Denver Nuggets to the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline and was subsequently bought out.
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