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JaVale McGee signs deal to stay with Nuggets

Jul 18, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

JaVale McGee signing

Big men get paid in the NBA. It was ever thus.

And it continues — JaVale McGee tweeted out the news (with a picture) of him signing to stay with the Denver Nuggets. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo it is a four-year, $44 million deal.

That is more money per year but a shorter length and less of an overall commitment than the previously reported five-year, $50 million offer.

McGee came to Denver in the middle of last season from Washington as the centerpiece of a deal that sent Nene to the nations’ capital. McGee averaged10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds a game in that half a season and did it efficiently — he shot 61.2 percent with a PER of 20.2.

The question, as always with McGee, is will he bring the effort and mental focus every night. His blunders are the thing you YouTube legend. But the environment in Washington — with Gilbert Arenas first, then him and Andray Blatche and Nick Young running the room — was not conducive to professional preparation and behavior. That is not the way it will be under George Karl in Denver. Not in the least.

The Nuggets reached a deal with Anthony Randolph earlier in the day. They are now the team of bigs with untapped potential. If Karl can get McGee to play near his physical potential — he is arguably the most athletically gifted big man in the game — this contract will be a steal. If not… well, he’s another overpaid big man.

  1. livingsacrifice86 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    This kid has potential, as shown in the series against the Lakers. We shall see if he ever realizes it

  2. censoredpost - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    This guy has super athletic ability with a peanut brain. Hope Karl gets him on track because he could be scary good. Doubt it will happen though, you can’t fix stupid.

  3. rickyspanish - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    George Karl had the same situation with Shawn Kemp, freak athlete with size. McGee should benefit from Karl’s coaching, in Karl I trust.

  4. rushbacker - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Nuggets fan here. It’s a scary deal, but such is life in most NBA cities. Better him than Brook Lopez, at least. I don’t think McGee’s a bad guy. More like a giant, overgrown puppy, tripping over his own feet– enthusiastic, but dumb. Or at least immature. If the kid ever gets his head out of the clouds and figures out how to bring it consistently every night, he could be a terror. I do think GK and the Nugs staff can get some more focus out of him. At the end of the day, though, I’m afraid he just doesn’t have that type of intensity to his personality. Obviously you can’t measure another man’s heart, but he doesn’t exhibit much competitive fire or aggression– I suspect he lacks the drive to be much more than a solid contributor. We’ll see. As deep as the team runs right now, I’d say there’s a good chance some of these parts get moved in the next year or two.

  5. mlhlite - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    I like the Shawn Kemp reference, minus the last few years of his career , hopefully he never becomes the overwhelming fat Kemp. He’s, got so much potential and I hope he can put It together

    • rickyspanish - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:03 AM

      I was just a pup when Kemp was playing, but he was my favorite player, you’re right about his last years being disappointing.

      McGee has the chance to become a monster, if Karl and him jive well together, good things should happen. The great game he had against the Lakers in the playoffs was a great sign of what he’s capable of. McGee was stuck in a bad situation in Washington, the Nuggets have a good organization. They’ve drafted well (Lawson and Faried) and make good trades, they cleaned the Knicks out for Melo.

  6. totallydisgusted - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Very athletic, good motor, but he is a dummy and a momma’s boy. That’s a bad combo.

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