Drummond has reportedly garnered interest from the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, among other teams that continue to monitor the situation. Sources say the Cavs have received offers for each of their centers, but only Drummond and McGee are considered “available.”
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Jason Dumas: SOURCE: The Brooklyn Nets are in active discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire JaVale McGee. Also have interest in Kevin Love
Nets Daily: The one thing that’s of interest in the JaVale McGee rumors is that they started Friday, the same day that the NBA granted the Nets the $5.7M DPE. McGee’s expiring $4.2M expiring contracts would fit neatly into the DPE.
“The reason I’m having so much fun is I’m in a new environment, I’m in a new city and I love the guys that are here,” Drummond said. “It’s hard not to play hard here, having 12 guys that want to give it their all each and every night. It makes it fun to be out there.” Before the front office takes the next (logical) step toward unclogging the frontcourt by moving either Drummond or cheaper veteran JaVale McGee, who is also on an expiring contract and will garner interest, it’s worth considering how that would affect the team’s chances of staying competitive.
Kyle Goon: Lakers make the trade of JaVale McGee official, interestingly announcing both Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie without saying they’ll waive either one. That frees up space to officially sign the two-year Marc Gasol deal.
Bobby Marks: The rationale behind the McGee trade is the second year in the Gasol contract. Signing a one-year contract would have been a $1.6M cap hit. Signing a two-year deal and LAL takes on the full $2.6M hit. $1M difference can go along way when dealing with the hard cap.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs have acquired JaVale McGee and 2026 second-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers, a source tells @clevelanddotcom.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers are trading JaVale McGee to Cleveland, source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers are sending McGee and a future-second round pick to Cavaliers, source tells ESPN.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs are including Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell in the JaVale McGee deal, a source tells @clevelanddotcom
No Warrior has been the subject of more speculation in recent weeks, which is nothing new for McGee. “I’ve been traded plenty of times,” McGee said. “So, it’s business. It’s the NBA. It’s how my career goes. So, I’m not really worried about that. If I get traded, I get traded. If I don’t, I don’t. I don’t want to get traded, but, if I do, I’m not complaining or bad mouthing anyone. It’s a business.”
Logan Murdock: JaVale McGee on the trade deadline: “I’ve been traded plenty of times. It’s a business. It’s the NBA.” “If I get traded, I get traded, if I don’t I don’t. I don’t want to get traded but if I don’t I’m not complaining or bad mouthing anyone.”
The reports that the Warriors are open to dealing McGee — and at 29, with a $2.1 million veteran minimum contract, there would undoubtedly be interest from teams looking for help in the middle – clearly haven’t affected his preparation. The Utah game is evidence of that. He’s not satisfied with his situation, but he’s been professional about it. “I’m on Finals-contending team, a team trying to win another championship,” McGee says. “That’s a good position to be in, no matter what your role is. I’m trying to focus on that and doing the things that will get me on the floor in more situations.”
The Chronicle confirmed last month that Golden State is open to trading McGee for a palatable offer. At 29, McGee is still an intriguing option for teams in need of frontcourt depth. He has at least a few years left of throwing down alley-oop dunks and swatting shots at a high level. “I’m just trying to get better,” McGee said. “Even if I’m not playing, I’m still getting better and trying to grind.”
Talks about the possibility of McGee leaving the Bay Area have apparently become a hot-button topic among Warriors fans that Golden State general manager Bob Myers felt that it’s best to address the situation without going into much detail of whatever deal he is cooking up with the Bucks. Here’s what Myers had to say when he appeared on 95.7 The Game. “I can’t do [speak about trade rumors]. It doesn’t make sense for me or JaVale or for our team or for the Milwaukee Bucks or anybody to talk about that publicly. I hope the fans understand. Just judge us on what we actually do or don’t do, not on what we’re rumored to do or not do.”
On Wednesday, GM Bob Myers was asked on 95.7 The Game about the possibility of trading McGee. Naturally, he didn’t want to comment, but he briefly spoke to Warriors fans. “I can’t do [talk about trade rumors]. It doesn’t make sense for me or JaVale or for our team or for the Milwaukee Bucks or anybody to talk about that publicly. I hope the fans understand. Just judge us on what we actually do or don’t do, not on what we’re rumored to do or not do,” Myers said.
Myers also addressed McGee’s role going forward with the Warriors. “He was a pro last year. He went through periods were he wasn’t playing. I think he’s been a pro this year, meaning, it’s not always going to swing your way. But one thing I think our players appreicate about Steve [Kerr], and which is something I appreciate working with him, is that he’s very communicative, he’s honest. He’ll go to a player before a game and say ‘Look, this isn’t a good matchup for you.’ You saw Zaza Pachulia being available for Cleveland and Steve started Jordan Bell and didn’t play Zaza and Zaza is starting tonight. So for JaVale, I think the fact that he’s experienced being in and out of the rotation serves him well. And Steve Kerr is not an agenda guy, he’s not a play favorites guy. You can be in the rotation. You can be out of it,” Myers said.
McGee hasn’t been happy with his minutes. This is on top of not being happy the Warriors only offered him a minimum contract back in the offseason and told him the starting role wasn’t on the table. McGee isn’t causing problems at all, but it only makes sense to consider moving him if another team is interested. McGee has value, but it is generally the same as what Bell provides.
One team mentioned as a potential destination for McGee is the Milwaukee Bucks, who are currently thin at the big man position after trading Greg Monroe to the Phoenix Suns.
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Shams Charania: The Toronto Raptors are signing forward Donta Hall of G League’s elite Ignite team on a 10-day contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
A week after he announced he would no longer play for Duke this season, Jalen Johnson is no longer a Duke student and has been removed from the team’s roster, The News & Observer has confirmed. The 6-9 freshman forward declared for the NBA draft on Feb. 15 after he and his family consulted with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
James Dolan couldn’t take the joke and his anger went all the way to the top. The Knicks owner complained to NBA commissioner Adam Silver about a 2018 episode of “Game of Zones,” an animated web series that poked fun of various NBA teams and characters, according to the show’s co-creator, Adam Malamut. Dolan’s complaints also reached David Levy, the former president of Turner, but were brushed aside, according to Malamut, who implied that Dolan’s hothead reputation made him easy to ignore.
“The league is cool with (Game of Zones). But technically they work for the owners and technically they had to let us know Dolan wasn’t cool with it,” Malamut said on the podcast ‘Rejecting the Screen’ with hosts Adam Stanco and Noah Coslov. “But everyone else was like, ‘That’s just this particular guy (Dolan), he’s a little fussy.’”