The Dallas Mavericks used the majority of their mid-level exception to sign JaVale McGee. Rebounding and rim protector were the team’s two biggest holes on their run to the conference finals last year, and the McGee signing should sure up both areas. The seven-footer rated as one of the best rim protectors in the league last season, and trading for Christian Wood gives Dallas a second upgrade in the frontcourt.
This will be McGee’s second stint in Dallas. He had struggled to find a role before signing with the Mavericks in 2015. His time in Dallas last just one season as he dealt with injuries and averaged just 10.9 minutes per game. McGee signed with the Warriors the following season, and he has won three championships in the last six seasons.
The 34-year-old is a dependable big man that should be a fantastic fit playing off Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic. McGee is working hard this offseason to be ready for training camp in September, and here is a look at the latest video.
New Dallas Mavericks big man JaVale McGee is putting in work this summer
McGee is putting in the work on his body this offseason, and fans can see the highlights from one of his sessions with performance coach Mike G below.
McGee was a noted hype man for the Suns last season as they had the best regular season record in the NBA before losing to the Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs. He will bring that energy to Dallas next season along with his on-court production.
Head coach Jason Kidd has already named McGee the starting center, but fans should not expect him to play more than 25 minutes per game. When the newest Maverick is on the floor, he will be impactful on both ends. Expect him to catch plenty of lobs from Luka Doncic and be the team’s best rim protector since Tyson Chandler.
Training camp is still two months away, but Dallas Mavericks fans have plenty to look forward to before then. Luka Doncic will play two World Cup qualifiers at the end of August before heading to EuroBasket in September. The team is not done making moves either, so stay tuned.