LA Clippers rumors have the team chatting up JaVale McGee. The Clippers may need McGee, as he might now be the best option on the free agent market to play center. Signing him may be an act of desperation, but the team focused too much on re-signing DeAndre Jordan before he left for the Dallas Mavericks. A report from CBS Sports on Saturday (July 4) states that head coach Doc Rivers will be chatting with McGee about possibly coming to Los Angeles.
The Clippers don’t have a lot of money to spend under the salary cap, meaning they will have to use either the $2.2 million exception space or the league’s minimum salary slot at $1.4 million. Either way, McGee is going to be paid a bit more than that, as the Philadelphia 76ers still owe him $12 million for the 2015-16 NBA season. He was dealt to the 76ers by the Denver Nuggets last season, but was quickly waived in what many NBA analysts called a tanking maneuver in Philadelphia.
While these LA Clippers rumors might not seem that impressive to fans of the team, it’s possible that a healthy JaVale McGee could fit seamlessly on the roster in Los Angeles. When DeAndre Jordan was the starting center, he just needed to rebound and block shots. Those are two things that McGee is pretty good at, especially when he can stay healthy. Twice he has finished second in the NBA in blocked shots per game, and for his career he has averaged 1.8 blocks a night.
For McGee, the Clippers could also be the perfect situation. He would work under an impressive coach and team president (Doc Rivers) that is seeking out his services. McGee would also become teammates with a power forward that takes a lot of the attention (Blake Griffin) and a point guard (Chris Paul) that loves to distribute the ball. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the team also signed Paul Piece this offseason, adding another veteran leader that has had success in the postseason. When Rivers and Pierce were with the Boston Celtics, they brought home an NBA title.
Ultimately, McGee could sign with any team in the NBA this offseason, but he has to find the fit that is right for him. A key for the 27-year-old center is to find a situation where he can regain some value and earn a big contract for the 2016-17 NBA season and beyond. These LA Clippers rumors could also help the bottom line better than if the team had retained DeAndre Jordan, simply because he will be much less expensive. Now, can Doc Rivers convince McGee to accept the offer?
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