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The 27-year-old center has reportedly reached an agreement to sign with the Celtics after being waived by the 76ers.
JaVale McGee has reached an agreement to sign with the Boston Celtics, reports ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. The deal will run through next season. McGee was waived by the 76ers after being traded to Philadelphia by the Denver Nuggets.
McGee will play for his fourth team in four years. The Nuggets traded Nene to the Wizards to acquire McGee and then signed him to a four-year, $44 million contract on 2012-13 based on his athleticism and upside. When he didn’t pan out, they dumped him on the 76ers at this year’s traded deadline along with a first-round pick. McGee, who had a year left on his contract after this season, originally said he wanted to stay in Philadelphia and mentor the young players. But as the deadline for eligibility for the playoffs drew near, the 76ers elected to waive him.

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McGee has been plagued by injuries, so it’s hard to assess his growth as a player. He has always been a great shot blocker thanks to his huge wingspan and athleticism, but has a tendency to chase every shot in his vicinity, which often leaves him out of rebounding position. If he can reign that in, he should provide Boston with a good inside defensive presence when he’s on the court, something the team lacks whenever Tyler Zeller rests.
The Celtics needed frontcourt help after losing Jared Sullinger for the season, as they are trying to nab the last playoff spot in the East and McGee helps them there. Considering how Hassan Whiteside has been able to turn his career around and become a consistent contributor for the Heat, taking a chance on a player with similar physical tools like McGee makes sense for Boston. The Celtics are not near contention, so this is the time to make these low-risk, high-reward moves.
McGee’s career per game stats are 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks on 19.9 minutes.
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