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Harrison Wind: Why JaVale McGee? He’s averaging 2.9 blocks/36 minutes this season, the 10th most in the NBA, and the Nuggets are the worst team in the league at defending the restricted area. Teams are shooting an NBA-best 65.7% from < 5 ft. vs. Denver. Hartenstein clearly wasn't the answer.
Jeff Zillgitt: Small details on Nuggets-Cavs trade: Cleveland’s two second- round picks in the deal are 2027 unprotected and 2023 protected to No. 46.
Chris Fedor: Sources tell @clevelanddotcom the two second-round picks #Cavs are getting from the Denver Nuggets for JaVale McGee are an unprotected 2027 second rounder and a 2023 second rounder protected to 46.
John Hollinger: I’m told the seconds from Denver going to Cleveland are in 2023 and 2027.
Shams Charania: The Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing a deal to send JaVale McGee to the Denver Nuggets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver is acquiring center Cleveland center JaVale McGee for Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round picks, sources tell ESPN.
Chris Fedor: As of now, sources say #Cavs are not planning to hold out JaVale McGee, who has been at the center of trade rumblings. This the eve of the deadline tho, so that could always change.
McGee, the 33-year-old backup center with three NBA championships, has generated interest with multiple contenders, one of which, sources say, is from the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn is a logical fit. The Boston Celtics are also said to be hunting more size. The center-needy Portland Trail Blazers have also been linked to McGee. The Cavs have no plans of a buyout and aren’t asking much — a second-round pick — which could lead to a deal.
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.
Several contending teams are beginning to compete for Cleveland Cavaliers center JaVale McGee, and there’s a strong sense about a deal before Thursday’s deadline, sources said. Contenders view McGee as an addition to bolster their frontline for the playoff run. McGee is averaging eight points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game this season.
Cleveland is also hopeful to move veteran center JaVale McGee in a trade that would net a second-round pick in return, league sources told HoopsHype.
JaVale McGee is starting to garner interest from the Portland Trail Blazers. McGee was solid for the Lakers in the bubble last summer, and the Blazers are looking for more frontline help. The Blazers are in a tricky spot because Jusef Nurkic appears to be on the way back, as reported by Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
In addition to Drummond, sources said Cleveland has held numerous conversations on JaVale McGee, Larry Nance Jr. and Cedi Osman. With Nance, the Cavaliers’ asking price appears high. The front office is seeking at least a first-round pick for a player whose father once starred for the franchise and who has been a staple of the team in its transition past the LeBron James era.
Ignoring the noise, McGee showed his value Monday night. To the Cavs. And the rest of the NBA. “It’s definitely hard when you’re in the trade talks as a younger player, but as an older player myself, I’ve been in trade talks plenty of years and plenty of times. I’ve figured out how to block it out, play my game and focus on what I have to do,” McGee said. “Just lock in and play your game. Don’t worry about anything else. All you can control is what you do on the court in the minutes that you’re given.
The Nets have interest in shot-blocking JaVale McGee, sources told The Post, and Yahoo reported Monday that Cleveland is more likely to buy him out than successfully find a trade partner. The Ringer suggested Memphis’ Gorgui Dieng could be available. And of course, Andre Drummond links won’t go away.
On a bad team, JaVale McGee is having fun on offense — and the Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently letting him do whatever he wants until they trade him or buy him out. (Several contenders have contacted the Cavaliers about McGee, but some are gauging the likelihood of a buyout before coughing up assets, league sources said.)
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ backup center has garnered interest from top contenders, including the Brooklyn Nets who are looking to solidify their interior presence, sources told Yahoo Sports. At this juncture, McGee is not entertaining a buyout of what’s remaining of his $4.2 million salary, sources said, so a trade is the foreseeable path toward finding the veteran big man a new home.
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.
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.”
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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“I thought they crossed the line,” Kerr added. “I’m all for booing guys, cheering for your own team. The appropriate cheer — if you want to go down that path — is ‘so-and-so sucks, so-and-so sucks.’ … when they were saying ‘F you Draymond,’ 20,000 people, I thought of Draymond’s kid too.
Brandon Rahbar: I asked Chet Holmgren (very loudly) about his fit with SGA and Josh Giddey: “I feel like I fit in well with them. They’re great players. Shai is a really good scorer, Josh is a great passer. Just go out there and be a great floor spacer.”
Murray on bringing a winning mentality to the Kings: “I’m excited. I’m excited to get down there. I feel like for me, the first thing that I feel like I bring to the Kings is just a winning culture, winning mindset. I think that’ll be special for me, to be able to get down there and help them win and see success in that. So I’m excited to go down there and play with a lot of really good players.”
“Listen we still run that franchise [Magic]. If they wanna sell it to us, DeVos family, we’re ready to go right now,” O’Neal said on The Big Podcast. “This message go out to the DeVos family, if you’re ready to sell Orlando Magic, sell it to somebody who’s gonna take it to the next level, that’s us. D[ennis] Scott and then, D Scott can pick everybody else. Smart people combined with common sense people and people that’s been there before, you can’t go wrong.”