JaVale McGee To Join 2014 Philippine National Team?

by October 29, 2011

Apparently the Wizards‘ center is eligible to become a naturalized player “for any country.” The Philippine Star reports that JaVale McGee is trying to become a naturalized citizen of the Philippines before the 2014 World Championship: “If everything falls into place, Smart Gilas Pilipinas will have the Washington Wizards’ seven-foot center JaVale McGee as naturalized player for the next FIBA Asia championship. McGee had been in the country twice in the last four months and, in his last visit, expressed willingness to be part of the Philippine team vying for a slot in the 2014 World Championship. The STAR source said McGee and the Smart Gilas people have reached an agreement to pursue the same direction Marcus Douthit had gone through enabling the latter to play for the Phl team in the recent Asian joust in Tianjin, China.”