Rumor: JaVale McGee’s unhappiness with playing time led to Lakers’ Ivica Zubac trade
Los Angeles Lakers veteran center JaVale McGee was reportedly getting upset about his lack of playing time, and that’s one of the reasons why the franchise traded talented young big man Ivica Zubac to the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
The Lakers traded Zubac and small forward Michael Beasley to the Clippers for stretch forward Mike Muscala. Tyson Chandler and McGee are the only centers on the roster now.
Apparently JaVale McGee being unhappy with his playing time was a factor in making the Zubac trade Via Brad Turner
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McGee is averaging 11.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season for the Lakers while shooting 60.3 percent from the field and 63.5 percent from the free-throw line. The 7-footer is playing roughly 22 minutes a game.
Zubac was averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds with the Lakers in 15 minutes per game before he was traded to the Clippers. The youngster was playing very well lately and taking some of McGee’s minutes. Looks like JaVale maybe went to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to voice his frustrations.
The Lakers are 28-29 on the season, 10th place in the Western Conference standings. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games and don’t look like a playoff team right now. Keeping Zubac would have been nice since he has a bright future in the NBA, but ego issues by McGee got in the way, as did concerns about Zubac’s future contract and the general presence of Beasley.