Author: Kurt Helin

Indiana Pacers v Philadelphia 76ers

Report: Sixers agree to buyout with JaVale McGee; he can sign with contender


It went down to the last minute, but the Sixers have set JaVale McGee free.

Philadelphia, who traded for McGee at the deadline, has reached terms for a buyout with the center, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to waive center JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff team, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the decision had not been announced.

Players waived by March 1 can still sign with teams that compete in the postseason, meaning the 27-year-old McGee will likely have a fruitful market when he clears waivers.

The buyout is for the full price, $12 million next season and no discount for the Sixers, Amick reports. The Sixers traded for McGee at the deadline, taking on his salary mostly for the first round pick that came with him. He was not part of their long-term plans.

While McGee is a regular on Shaqtin’ a Fool for mistakes that are the definition of boneheaded, he is an incredibly athletic big man who does show flashes of brilliance. He would be the kind of reserve big man who would be a good bench boost to just about ay contender.

This is a big win for McGee; he gets paid, and he gets to play for the contender of his choosing.


James Harden, LeBron James dueled to the finish in Houston (VIDEO)

Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

LeBron James and James Harden put on a show Sunday.

Harden had 33 points on 18 shots, the Cavaliers did a good job sticking with him but Harden still hit 6-of-13 on contested shots.

LeBron had 37 points on 35 shots, he shot 7-of-20 on contested looks, but he missed 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch and that was key.

Houston picked up a key win.


James Harden kicks LeBron James in the… um, groin (VIDEO)

Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

James Harden and LeBron James put on a show worthy of two guys battling for the MVP award on Sunday. Harden had 33 points, LeBron 37 but missed seven of his last eight free throws, and that cost the Cavaliers the win.

But this is the play everyone will be talking about.

James was trying to pressure the ball out high, and when Harden picked up his dribble LeBron leaned in to try to get a jump ball. Harden fell and as he did kicked LeBron in the, um, family jewels. It was intentional, and Harden got a technical for it.

Harden said after the game it was just a reaction. Sure it was. LeBron said that the league will look at it, and that is true. Whether the league fines Harden remains to be seen, but as this is clearly intentional I would not be surprised.

Harden and the Rockets got the win, which is all he cared about.