Former Dallas Mavericks who changed teams during 2022 offseason

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Former Dallas Mavericks who changed teams this offseason: McGee returns

The Mavs had a reunion with JaVale McGee this offseason. He signed a multi-year deal to play in Dallas back in 2015, but things did not go as planned. McGee struggled with injuries and never found a place in the rotation as he was limited to just 10.9 minutes per over 34 games.

The seven-footer was waived in the 2016 offseason before signing with the Golden State Warriors. McGee went on to win three championships in the next four years, including one in 2020 with the Lakers alongside now Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd.

McGee signed a three-year deal worth $17.2 million with the Mavs this offseason, and coach Kidd immediately named him the starting center. Dallas struggled to rebound and protect the rim, despite reaching the Western Conference Finals last season. McGee should cover some of those holes in a limited role. He is one of the best roll men in the league, so expect him to play most of his minutes with Luka Doncic.

The Mavericks are hoping JaVale McGee’s second stint in Dallas goes much better than the first. They gave him the majority of their mid-level exception this offseason, and he will be a key contributor this season.