The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off a run to the Western Conference Finals, and they are looking to improve their roster this offseason. Brining back Jalen Brunson was their top priority, but the 6’1 guard decided to join the New York Knicks in free agency. It was a massive loss, but Dallas pivoted and signed JaVale McGee using their taxpayer mid-level exception.
It will be McGee’s second stint in Dallas. The seven-footer signed with the Mavs back in 2015, where he averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in just 10.9 minutes per game over 34 contests. He was waived after the season before catching on with Golden State, where he won two of his three championship rings.
McGee played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019-2020 season where Jason Kidd was an assistant coach. The seven-footer played with now Mavericks assistant Jared Dudley. The coaching staff has plenty of familiarity with McGee’s game, so what is Dallas getting in their marquee signing of the offseason?
3 things JaVale McGee brings to the Dallas Mavericks
Last season, McGee averaged 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 15.8 minutes per game for the Phoenix Suns, who had the best regular-season record in the NBA. He is a winner. Despite playing for six different teams in the last seven years, McGee has been to the playoffs six times and won three rings.
The Dallas Mavericks signed the veteran big man to a three-year deal worth $20.1 million, including a player option in the final season. They were eager to add JaVale McGee because he plugs some holes in their roster, and here is a look at where.