Amidst clear signs that JaVale McGee and the Celtics were going to join forces to ensure adequate Boston representation on TNT’s Shaqtin’ a Fool, the deal has sadly fallen apart according to Steve Bulpett:
JaVale McGee will NOT be coming to the Celtics. The sides couldn't reach agreement on a contract.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) March 5, 2015
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and McGee couldn’t agree on terms for a second year option:
JaVale McGee and Boston couldn't agree on option for next season, league source tells Yahoo. Celtics wanted team option; McGee player option
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 5, 2015
Most teams interested in McGee have been assumed to want a second year team option. Signing a mercurial player like McGee without the added insurance of team control for next year would’ve left the Celtics assuming all of the risk for the acquisition with a limited chance for any sort of long-term payoff. And Woj reporting that McGee is looking for a player option. This seems ridiculous given that Philadelphia is now paying McGee to not play for them and Denver had to send Philadelphia draft picks to rid themselves of McGee.
McGee had reportedly changed his twitter account’s background to a Celtics theme and Ainge had commented on the record regarding the talks. For the teams to have not discussed which team would control the option that far into the process would be unusual. For Celtics fans who had gotten excited about adding a rim protector in the midst of their playoff race, I offer the following consolation: