Dallas Mavericks signing JaVale McGee to 3-year contract dampens market
The Mavs signed McGee to a three-year deal worth $17.2 million in the offseason that includes a $6.0 million player option for the 2024-2025 season. McGee will be 37 years old before he becomes a free agent.
Maybe Dallas had to go to three years to sign the veteran center. He had other suitors on the market, and the Mavericks only had the taxpayer mid-level exception to offer, but multiple years was clearly a mistake.
Contending teams are all tight on cap space, and they want the flexibility to upgrade their roster whenever possible. McGee did not work out in Dallas, so nobody is going to be eager to take on his multi-year contract.
The Mavs are also operating from a position of weakness. Everybody knows they want to trade JaVale McGee, which will severely dampen the market and the team’s possible return. At this point, Dallas will be lucky to find a deal where they do not have to give up additional compensation for the opposing side to take McGee.
The only way for the Mavericks' front office to salvage some value is to find a team that needs a backup big man more than Dallas wants to trade away McGee.