After a disastrous finish to the 2022-23 season, the Dallas Mavericks have made a couple of nice under-the-radar moves this summer in order to try to bounce back.
They managed to re-sign Kyrie Irving, whom they traded for in February, to a multi-year contract, and they also added sharpshooter Seth Curry and two-way forward Grant Williams.
On Tuesday, news broke that Dallas is expected to waive veteran center JaVale McGee, per Marc Stein via NBACentral.
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Last summer, the Mavs signed McGee to a three-year contract in the hopes that he would provide the type of veteran leadership and experience they needed to get over the hump.
At the time, they were coming off an unexpected trip to the Western Conference Finals.
But after trading for Irving, they found themselves reeling down the stretch this past season, and they failed to qualify for the Play-In Tournament.
Dallas has a talented but flawed roster, as they lack defensive-minded players, and they finished just 25th in defensive rating during the 2022-23 campaign.
McGee is 35 years of age and thought to be over the hill, but perhaps in limited minutes, he can offer some other team a bit of viable depth.
He has always been a shot-blocking threat, and he is also a strong finisher near the hoop and a decent rebounder.
McGee, who stands seven-feet tall and weighs 270 pounds, won back-to-back NBA championships as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018, and he won himself a third ring with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019-20 season.NEXT: Luka Doncic Announces Ambitious Media Project With Team Slovenia