Since being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers, JaVale McGee has been discussing a multi-year contract with several teams who he feels are playoff contenders. Now multiple reports tell us that he is close tom signing a deal with the Boston Celtics.
General Manager Danny Ainge confirmed the reports during an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich.”
“JaVale is a long, athletic guy,” Ainge said. “We don’t have that type of player, an above-the-rim offensive and defensive player. He’s been paid a lot of money in our league, had a few injuries, hasn’t lived up to his potential yet. We’re hoping that he can under (Celtics coach Brad Stevens’) tutelage. I think he is in a good place emotionally and mentally, and he really wants to get his career on the right path.”
Although McGee is most well known for his bloopers, this could be a really good signing for the Celtics. The Celtics have been needed a big guy under the rim to haul in rebounds since the injury of Jared Sullinger, and McGee could definitely fill that role.
In the 23 games the 7’0 center played this year, he has averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in just 11.1 mpg. McGee could get about 20-30 minutes per game as a Celtic, and could be a huge part of the Celtics playoff push.
Hassan Whiteside, who is a very similar player to McGee, completely turned his career around for the Miami Heat by embracing his potential, and becoming a persistent contributor for Miami. McGee could mimic the rise of Whiteside.
As of right now, it looks like the Celtics will sign McGee for the rest of this season and next season. It will be a low money contract so there is not much of a risk factor, but with the size, athleticism, and loaded potential, this could end up being a spectacular deal for Boston. McGee could be the deciding factor between the Celtics making the playoffs or not.