Boston Celtics close to signing enigmatic big man JaVale McGee, multiple sources told ESPN. Deal with be through next season.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 5, 2015
The details haven't been reported yet, but theoretically, McGee could serve as the rim protector the team has been lacking since, well, forever. Kidding aside--and there will be a lot of jokes due to McGee's history--McGee could be a low cost, high reward venture for Ainge and the Celtics. After getting bought out by Philadelphia, McGee was looking for a chance to prove himself and get minutes, and with Jared Sullinger gone for the season, he could prove to be a defensive force on a bench lacking defense. Brad Stevens has had a knack of turning around reclamation projects like Evan Turner and Jordan Crawford and I have no doubt that he'll do the same with McGee. McGee, 27, has played in only 28 games over the last two seasons, but is only three years removed where he nearly averaged a double-double and two blocks a game. The roster is at 15, so Luigi Datome or Shavlik Randolph are probably going to be the cap casualties.
Ainge on McGee: "He hasn't lived up to his potential yet, and we're hoping that he can under Brad Stevens. We think he's in a good place."— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) March 5, 2015