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Dallas Mavericks land free-agent center JaVale McGee for 3 years, $20.1M

The Dallas Mavericks and center JaVale McGee have agreed to a three-year deal worth $20.1 million, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The deal includes a player option for the third season, sources said.

McGee enjoyed arguably the best season of his career last season as a backup center and makeshift on a dominant Phoenix Suns team, averaging near career highs in points and rebounds per minute. He proved a key figure for Phoenix after the Suns lost Frank Kaminsky for the season with a knee injury and Deandre Ayton missed several games.

McGee gives Dallas some much-needed rim protection and a big lob threat target for Luka Doncic. McGee joins Christian Wood as the second frontcourt supplement Dallas has made this offseason after being knocked down on the boards by Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.

McGee told ESPN he expects to be the starting center for the Mavs. “I saw some occasions out there where I thought, ‘Oh yeah, if they had a big pitch, they could dominate in some other aspect,'” McGee said of choosing Dallas and playing with Doncic.

Beginning his 15th season in the NBA, McGee was part of three championship teams — two with the Golden State Warriors (2017, 2018) and one with the Los Angeles Lakers (2020). He also reunites with Mavs head coach Jason Kidd, who was on Frank Vogel’s staff during LA’s run to the title.

A pure rim roll center, McGee has averaged 1.5 blocks in his career while shooting 57.6% from the field.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34175520/dallas-mavericks-land-free-agent-center-javale-mcgee-3-years-201m Dallas Mavericks land free-agent center JaVale McGee for 3 years, $20.1M

Emma Bowman

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