Dallas Mavericks 2022 offseason grade: Signing JaVale McGee
The Mavs top offseason free agent signing was McGee. They used the majority of their taxpayer mid-level exception to give the seven-footer a three-year deal worth $17.2 million, and head coach Jason Kidd immediately announced McGee would be the team’s starting center.
Dallas reached the conference finals, but they struggled to rebound and protect the rim in the postseason. They had their most success going five out and maximizing the spacing around Luka Doncic, but that left them vulnerable in the paint. The Mavs were outrebounded 811 to 657 over their 18 playoff contests with Maxi Kleber playing the majority of the minutes at the five.
McGee helps solve their rebounding and rim protection woes and gives Doncic an outstanding pick and roll partner. The seven-footer rated as one of the league’s best at defending shots in the paint and finishing rolls to the rim. Both are skills Dallas needs.
Dallas Mavericks grade for JaVale McGee signing: B+
McGee has won rings in three of the last six years, including being the starting center on the Lakers 2020 championship squad that won inside the bubble. The 34-year-old veteran will only play around 20 minutes per game, but he will make a massive impact when on the floor.
The Mavs earned a B-plus for signing McGee because his playing time will be limited, especially in the postseason. Still, it was an impactful move that improves the roster. McGee will take Dwight Powell's minutes as he gives Dallas a presence in the paint they lacked after trading Kristaps Porzingis to Washington.