Some of you are out there thinking, “Why would teams go after JaVale McGee except to see their jerseys on Shaqtin’ a Fool more often?”
Because it’s about cost and role. Not many teams were interested in paying JaVale McGee $12 million next season to be their starting center. However, paying him a minimum salary for part of the season to come off the bench for depth? You bet teams are lined up. McGee, for all his flaws, is an incredibly athletic big man who can be solid to brilliant in a limited role. He can block shots, run the floor and get a team some points. He would be the kind of reserve big man who would be a good bench boost to just about any playoff team.
And they are lining up, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports that the Warriors are interested (Andrew Bogut backup). You can be sure that the Clippers are in that mix — Doc Rivers was primed for buyout season and has missed out so far — as well as Cleveland, and just about every other playoff team.
McGee is not going to be out of the league for long.
McGee was traded at the deadline from Denver to the Sixers, primarily so the Sixers could get a first round pick. Philadelphia agreed to buyout McGee — at full price — and pay him to get off their roster. McGee will be an unrestricted free agent once he clears waivers.