Report: Warriors to sign JaVale McGee to non-guaranteed contract
Golden State needs some athleticism in the frontcourt
The Golden State Warriors will sign free agent center JaVale McGee to a non-guaranteed contract, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. McGee will have an opportunity to make the team in training camp.
McGee, 28, spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks but only played in 34 games. He hasn't been a regular in an NBA rotation for a full season since 2012-13. Why in the world, then, would the Warriors want him?
The reasoning is simple:
- Theoretically, McGee is exactly the kind of player Golden State needs. This is a roster that has just about everything except for an athletic, rim-protecting center. That description fits McGee, and it's easy to imagine him finishing alley-oops when the defense is distracted by the stars surrounding him on the perimeter. There aren't a lot of centers who provide better vertical spacing than him.
- With the Mavericks, McGee had a higher rebounding rate than ever before. He also shot 58 percent and blocked 2.5 shots per 36 minutes. If he is healthy, he can help a team as a role player.
- There is no risk here. Either McGee fits in and becomes the Warriors' backup center, or they will cut him.
Everyone knows McGee's weaknesses: he chases blocks at the expense of team defense, and he has questionable decision-making. He provides something Golden State needs, though, and given that the organization reportedly decided against signing Larry Sanders, there isn't a better candidate out there to fill that role.
McGee's career has gone off the rails since he signed a four-year, $44 million extension with the Denver Nuggets in 2012. If he's trying to get back on track now, this is the best possible situation.
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