He has since won three championships with the Warriors and Lakers.
With a new reputation, McGee will return to Denver following a trade with the Cavaliers.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Denver is acquiring center Cleveland center JaVale McGee for Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round picks, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
But McGee has fallen off this season. Maybe he’ll perform better on a better team. Maybe his athleticism has waned at age 33.
At least the Nuggets face no long-term commitment. McGee is earning $4.2 million in the final year of his contract
At minimum, McGee’s above-the-rim style provides an element Denver had been lacking among its bigs. Even if deployed only situationally, McGee could provide value considering the low cost of acquiring him.
Protected second-rounders from a good team like the Nuggets don’t sound inspiring. (Denver has no other teams’ second-rounders to flip.) Hartenstein, 22, is a low-end flier.
But Cleveland GOT a second-rounder from the Lakers for taking McGee last offseason. Any positive return for him now is just a bonus