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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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Adrian Wojnarowski: The Sacramento Kings have declined to match the Atlanta Hawks’ four-year, $72 million offer sheet for restricted free agent guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kings front office labored over the decision, but kept coming back to new GM Monte McNair’s plan to maintain roster flexibility. Keeping Bogdanovic would’ve severely limited the organization’s ability to continue reshaping the team around its young core of Fox, Bagley and Hield.
Marc Stein: The Hawks and Bogdan Bogdanovic have been notified that the Kings will not be matching Atlanta’s four-year, $72 million offer to the restricted free agent, league sources say Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn and Bogdanovic to the Hawks in an eventful offseason
Mark Berman: Free agent G/F Gerald Green hopes he’ll get the opportunity to re-sign with his hometown #Rockets: “Everybody knows how much I feel about this city and what this city feels for me. For me, if I come back again…I’m gonna have the same feeling I did when I came back in 2017.”
Mark Berman: Free agent G/F Gerald Green recovered from his broken left foot (Lisfranc injury) suffered last Oct: “I feel great. It’s been a tough journey,but I feel really good getting up & down the floor-By far one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with.I feel like I overcame it” p