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JaVale McGee | Center

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 270
College: Nevada
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JaVale McGee (leg) will sit out Wednesday's exhibition game vs. Houston.
Left leg issues have kept McGee on the sidelines for the better part of three years, and it's concerning that he's still not ready to go after spending a large chunk of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines. There's no reason to waste a draft pick on the perpetually disappointing McGee, who will be joining a very crowded rotation in Dallas. Oct 7 - 10:55 AM

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JaVale McGee (leg) said that he's been cleared for everything except for jumping extremely high and cutting.

"The only thing they don’t let me do is cut and jump extremely high," said McGee. "That’s it. Everything else I can do." McGee isn't expected to be fully cleared for training camp, it's easy to picture a scenario in which Carlisle finds McGee an early seat on the bench after he adds some highlights to the Shaqtin' a Fool reel. McGee isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 2:47 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) is doubtful to be ready for training camp.

He's really struggled to stay healthy and that's why few teams were interested in picking him up. The Mavs have some major questions at center after missing out on DeAndre Jordan, but Pierre is still not worth a pick in almost any fantasy league.
Sep 21 - 5:29 PM

JaVale McGee said that his athleticism will set him apart from the other centers on Dallas' roster.

"It’s definitely a positive thing, being a leaper as I am and a shot blocker and a dunker, so that’s definitely what teams need," McGee said. "I’m just somebody who keeps it simple, who dunks the ball, blocks shots and is just a presence in the paint. … [Mavs coach Rick Carlisle] just wants me to keep it simple, and just play as hard as I can and be a presence in the paint." McGee does have some talent, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy in recent years and probably isn't capable of having a significant workload. We will watch him closely during training camp, but he is only on the radar in very deep leagues.
Sep 5 - 10:50 AM

JaVale McGee said he'll be 100 percent for the start of the regular season.

McGee is still recovering from a leg injury, but thinks he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season. "I’m definitely getting back to that elite level," McGee said. "The injuries really slowed me down, so I’m definitely going to get 100 percent healthy and come out and give it my all." While McGee has some upside, he has only played 28 games over the past two seasons and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 3 - 11:12 AM

JaVale McGee is still recovering from his leg injury, but the Mavericks are confident that he will be completely healthy for training camp.

McGee hasn't played in an NBA game since March and has appeared in a total of 28 games in the past two seasons, so it's scary to think that he still hasn't fully recovered. McGee won't be able to log significant minutes if he does earn a spot in the rotation, but it sounds like he isn't even a lock to be ready in time for camp. We will monitor his progress closely, but fantasy owners would be wise to avoid him completely on draft day.
Aug 14 - 10:23 AM

JaVale McGee has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

The deal is reportedly a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum, with a team option in Year 2. McGee's propensity to make bonehead decisions on the basketball court will find him spending plenty of time warming the Mavs' bench, and it's extremely unlikely he's able to emerge as a fantasy factor in most leagues playing for Rick Carlisle in Dallas. We would not recommend drafting McGee in any format.
Aug 13 - 2:40 PM

The Lakers and Mavericks are reportedly the frontrunners for free agent center JaVale McGee.

McGee is focused on getting healthy for the upcoming season, but it's clear that his injury history will be a major concern for interested teams. He has managed to play in just 28 games in the past two seasons, and he clearly wouldn't be able to handle more than a limited role. We will let you know if this report gains any traction.
Aug 9 - 12:40 PM

The Mavericks have not ruled out signing JaVale McGee.

The team is still making sure McGee is healthy enough to suit up. McGee's leg issue has kept him to just 28 games in the last two seasons combined.
Jul 25 - 2:35 PM

The Mavs interest in signing JaVale McGee is "exploratory," according to Marc Stein of

The Mavs need a big man and could wind up signing McGee, but it doesn't sound too promising after some reports from earlier today. McGee only played a grand total of 256 minutes last season and his ceiling isn't as alluring as it used to be.
Jul 13 - 2:39 PM

The Mavs have reportedly opened discussions on a potential deal with unrestricted free agent JaVale McGee.

That's right, the Mavs have reached a desperation level in which they are actually considering adding McGee to their roster. If this deal comes to fruition, McGee could play minimal minutes behind Zaza Pachulia. It's interesting to think about the dynamic that would play out between McGee and head coach Rick Carlisle, but it's not a situation in which we envision McGee getting a substantial amount of playing time.
Jul 13 - 12:11 AM

JaVale McGee is a serious consideration for the Clippers.

Yes, this is what it's come to for the Clippers. They can't sign anyone big because of their cap space, so they might actually have to sign Pierre McGee. This could get weird, but he does have some potential.
Jul 4 - 3:32 PM

The Kings are reportedly "showing strong interest" in free agent JaVale McGee, who played under coach George Karl while with the Nuggets.

The Kings' rumors get stranger by the day, particularly as they relate to Karl and his previous ties to Denver, but at least a few dominoes will fall prior to Thursday's draft. McGee has done nothing to prove himself as a reliable, starting-caliber NBA center, yet the Kings' reported interest won't quell speculation about Sacramento's willingness to part with DeMarcus Cousins. The Celtics are the only other team to reportedly have interest in McGee as a free agent.
Jun 24 - 12:01 AM

The Celtics still have some interest in signing JaVale McGee this summer.

The Celtics had some interest in McGee when he was released back in March, but nobody picked him up. McGee won't have many suitors this summer and may only get a one-year deal.
May 20 - 3:47 PM

The Mavericks are no longer interested in JaVale McGee, a source told Yahoo! Sports.

It's hard to believe the Mavs were ever interested in the mercurial McGee, and this is just about the least surprising development in the ongoing saga thus far.
Mar 16 - 1:51 PM

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C1Zaza Pachulia
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