The Golden State Warriors added JaVale McGee to their roster and he has a good chance to make the team’s 12-man line-up and also make training camp in the latest NBA news.
ESPN’s Marc Stein confirmed the signing on Twitter on Friday.
The Warriors are signing veteran center JaVale McGee to a make-good deal for a chance to make the team in training camp, league sources say.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 29, 2016
The Warriors need another big man after they lost forward Harrison Barnes and Marresse Speights to the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively. They also traded Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks to make salary cap room in signing Oklahoma City Thunder free agent Kevin Durant this summer.
However, the move is being criticized by fans and observers as McGee’s attitude and play has been poor his entire NBA career. He’s a regular feature in Shaquille O’Neal’s segment “Shaqtin’ a Fool” where players are bashed for their bad plays inside the court.
The Warriors frontcourt feature free agent signings Zaza Pachulia and David West plus last year’s back-up center Anderson Varejao. It’s not clear if McGee will be able to make the line-up as Golden State is known to use their “small ball” line-up for much of the regular season and the playoffs.
The 7-foot McGee has played for multiple NBA teams in his career including the Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and last year with the Dallas Mavericks. For his career, McGee is a known athletic center that can block shots and rebound and averaged 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 416 regular season games.
Can McGee make the Warriors’ 12-man line-up? The veteran center’s basketball IQ is low and it’s not clear how he can fit in Golden State’s offensive system. However, his defense could be valued by the Warriors because of their lack of rim protection.
Golden State will feature Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on offense and they don’t need help in that area. McGee could help in the defensive end and has a chance to make the Warriors’ line-up for the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
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