Denver wanted JaVale McGee off their roster so badly last season they attached a first rounder to his trade package just to move him. Of course, Philadelphia jumped in to get that pick, but the Sixers were not going to inject McGee into their young locker room, so they bought him out. McGee could sign anywhere he wanted yet he couldn’t reach a deal with anyone.
So who wants him now? How about the Sacramento Kings.
The team already in the middle of the DeMarcus Cousins struggle — the owner loves Cousins and wants to build around him, the coach George Karl is trying to push him out the door — may be in the running to bring in McGee. Because things aren’t crazy enough. From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Obviously this is another sign of George Karl trying to remake the Kings’ roster to his liking. McGee was one of his guys when he coached Denver to 57 wins a few years back. It’s part of the ongoing power struggle in Sacramento.
Not that on the court getting McGee is terrible idea — last time he played for Karl he scored an efficient 9.1 points a game, mostly off the bench — it’s simply the questions of cost, and if you think your locker room can handle his big personality.
For all his Shaqtin’ a Fool flaws, McGee remains an athletic big man who can be solid in a limited role. He can block shots, and he runs the floor well, getting points in transition. Off the bench behind Cousins he has value. But he needs to get paid like a backup center.
But is he really what the Kings need?