Free agent center JaVale McGee has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. This signing would put the roster at 15 players, making this the last signing of the summer for the organization.
McGee received the veteran’s minimum — given that it is the only sum the team can offer after bringing back six of their eight free agents this summer.
He had the best season of his career in his lone year with the Warriors, recording his lowest minutes played per game, but his best efficiency rating, averaging 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in only 9.6 minutes per night.
The 7-footer shot a career-high 65.2 percent from the field, finishing as the leading dunker for players coming off the bench.
Last year, JaVale McGee became the only player in NBA history to average 20 Pts/36 mins and 10 reb/36 mins while shooting 65% from the field https://t.co/xMDXzx3wKs
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 27, 2017
Despite his limited run on the court, McGee was seen as a difference-maker due to his energy in transition, his defensive presence patrolling the paint and his awareness at the offensive end, being the recipient of many lobs.
McGee is slated to once again back up center Zaza Pachulia in tandem with David West, as Damian Jones likely splits time with G-League associate Santa Cruz Warriors to develop his game.
The 29-year-old had met with the L.A. Clippers, who were interested in having him back up DeAndre Jordan, but after weeks passed, it seemed like the interest for both parties had slowly worn out.
The signing comes at the heels of the addition of rookie Antonius Cleveland, who was signed to a two-way deal earlier today.