Fifteen-year NBA veteran JaVale McGee is about to become a free agent.
The Dallas Mavericks have decided to waive and renew the two remaining years of McGee’s contract, a story first reported by Marc Stein.
This will make McGee a free agent likely to spark interest from a number of teams (for a deep bankroll).
As noted by friend of this site Keith SmithMcGee owes the Mavericks $11.7 million over the next two years. McGee gets paid — it’s a guaranteed contract — but because he’s overworked, he costs $2.3 million a season for five years, according to the Mavericks’ official books.
Last summer, the Mavericks used many of their mid-level taxpayer exceptions to bring in McGee with the idea that he would be the big man they could put on the field against the other dominant big men in the West (this was prompted due to Kevon Looney looking great against the Mavericks in the playoffs). However, the fit never worked and McGee was soon completely out of rotation.
Dallas will be deep in the frontline next season with Dwight Powell and Richaun Holmes in the five, plus both Maxi Kleber and Grant Williams could play the part in a number of minor lineups. After last season, there wouldn’t be many minutes left for McGee.
Now he can sign with any team that wants him.