Los Angeles Lakers were also in the hunt for the big man.
But JaVale McGee has signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced on Thursday. The Mavs were more desperate to rope in another big man following DeAndre Jordan’s change of heart.
The Mavs have signed the veteran center on a two-year minimum deal with a team option in Year 2.
Dallas have traded Zaza Pachulia and have signed veterans McGee and Samuel Dalembert to boost their front court, since Jordan backed out of his free agent commitment to sign with the Mavericks in early July.
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They also signed Tunisian Salah Mejri, who featured in Spanish outfit Real Madrid’s Euro-league triumph last season, in a bid to develop a reserve center.
Zaza Pachulia is expected to start at center as replacement for departed Tyson Chandler. But a cover was required for Pachulia. That’s the reason Dallas signed Mejri and McGee.
27-year-old McGee has played only 28 games in the past two seasons due to fitness concerns. The Mavs signed the seven-footer only after a month’s background workout to assess his health situations.
With the Washington Wizards in 2011-12, McGee averaged 11.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game. This is his career-best so far. The 7-feet-center has featured for 3 teams in his NBA career so far.
He was traded to the Denver Nuggets after his stint at Washington. Last season, he appeared in 23 games in total for the Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers.