One of the Dallas Mavericks' worst moves in free agency lately came last offseason.
Dallas was coming off a playoff run in which they reached the Western Conference Finals, and there was a hole at starting center. So, Dallas went out and signed JaVale McGee.
McGee had already played for the Mavs once before and had a great season with the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as Deandre Ayton's backup.
Former Mavericks center explains why his time in Dallas was a disaster
The Mavs signing McGee was a move that seemed like a great opportunity, as he had already played for the Mavs before and was going to fix their problem at starting center.
Once the season started, the Mavs realized that McGee wasn't the player that they thought he was. He lost his starting job after less than a month and was nearly unplayable.
Sacramento traded Richaun Holmes to Dallas on draft night, and McGee will likely fill the role that Holmes had for the Kings.
During his first media availability as a member of the Kings, McGee was asked about why his time in Dallas didn't work. Here's what he had to say.
"It was just separate ways, that's all it really was," McGee said. "There was no real reason that I can pinpoint to why. It just didn't work out...Maybe I was supposed to sign that contract to go there and then end up here and win my fourth championship, you never know."
McGee didn't go into depth about why his tenure in Dallas didn't work out, but it sounds like it was clear that they would be going separate ways. McGee's contract was way too big to not produce, and his falling out of the rotation would have been a waste of a roster spot.
Dallas now could be starting rookie Dereck Lively II at center, and their frontcourt rotation will be looking much different this year.
We'll have you covered with all the latest news on the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.