Source: Mavs JaVale McGee For 2 Years
The Mavs had already collected a pair of veteran centers and a pair of prospect centers but sources were telling us for the last week they weren't done shopping. And on Wednesday night, when Javale McGee rolled into town ... it was to ink what DB.com has learned is a two-year deal (a team option in the second) that starts at the veteran's minimum of around $1.4 million.
After DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers left Dallas high and dry, Mark Cuban and company opted to find a replacement big man to put next to Dirk Nowitzki in the form of Plan Z with a cheap trade for Zaza Pachulia. Then they finalized a one-year vets'-minimum deal with Sam Dalembert.
And there's been more, with the addition of another pair of centers, prospects Jarrid Famous and Salah Mejri.
And now there is a fifth center ... and an at-the-limit 20th roster member.
None of the above names can likely match the 7-0, 270-pound McGee in terms of athletic talent. He has spent his career bouncing around from Washington to Denver to Philadelphia, a seven-year veteran with career averages of 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 19.9 minutes per game in 382 games (158 starts). He has shot 54 percent from the field for his career, but his biggest issue (beyond some physical ailments including leg problems) is that he puts the 'knuckle' in 'knucklehead'.
McGee was the 18th overall selection by the Washington Wizards in 2008. McGee’s father, George Montgomery, was a second-round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1985 and his mother, Pamela McGee, played in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs.
So there is a pedigree here. And there is promise here. But there are also problems here for McGee, who is just 27 and comes to Dallas amid hopes that he can work out the personal and physical kinks ... or simply be part of a volume game at the center position.
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