Report: JaVale McGee Signs One-Year, Veteran’s Minimum Deal With Lakers

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After the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million deal, they have decided to improve their depth instead of pursuing another All-Star caliber player with their remaining cap space.

In their first two moves, they re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $12 million deal and signed Lance Stephenson to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

As the Lakers have good depth at forward and guard, they have now addressed their depth at center.

JaVale McGee, who recently won two consecutive championships with the Golden State Warriors, is signing a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Although there is a certain perception about McGee, the 30-year-old was a key contributor during his two seasons with the Warriors. During the 2017-18 NBA season, he averaged 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 65 games, but started nine of the team’s 13 games in the playoffs.

With McGee providing a unique skill set as a rim runner and shot blocker, it will be interesting to see what happens with Brook Lopez. Despite a career-low season after being traded from the Brooklyn Nets, Lopez expressed interest in not only re-signing, but taking a pay cut to remain in his hometown.

If the Lakers can retain Lopez as the team’s starter, his ability to stretch the floor would be a nice compliment to James with McGee and potentially Ivica Zubac coming off the bench.

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