The JaVale McGee Sweepstakes have reportedly been won by the Boston Celtics.
McGee, 27, is said to be close to a multi-year deal with the C’s.
JaVale has posted averages of 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds this season in 23 games — 17 with the Denver Nuggets (who traded him) and six with the Philadelphia Sixers (who recently waived the big fella.)
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge acknowledged Thursday that the two sides were close to a deal.
“JaVale is a long, athletic guy, and we don’t have that type of player — an above-the-rim offensive and defensive player,” Ainge said during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 The Sports Hub. “He’s been paid a lot of money in our league, had some injuries, hasn’t lived up to his potential yet, and we’re hoping that he can under [Celtics coach Brad Stevens’] tutelage.
“I think he’s in a good place, emotionally and mentally, and he really wants to get his career on the right path.”