Well, just when you were getting used to the idea of JaVale McGee in a Celtics uniform (and I was in the middle of an article discussing how he might fit in) it turns out that he's not coming to Boston after all.
JaVale McGee will NOT be coming to the Celtics. The sides couldn't reach agreement on a contract.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) March 5, 2015
JaVale McGee and Boston couldn't agree on option for next season, league source tells Yahoo. Celtics wanted team option; McGee player option— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 5, 2015
So why did the deal fall through? Well, it has to do with risk. More specifically who would take on the risk.
Celtics deal w/ JaVale McGee has fallen through, sources told ESPN. Celtics wanted team option for next season, McGee wanted player option.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 5, 2015
McGee returns to market, multiple playoff teams interested. McGee doesn't want to give up freedom for next year, wants player option.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 5, 2015
Basically the Celtics wanted the right to cut bait for any reason. McGee wanted the right to earn a better paycheck and become a free agent if all went well. They couldn't find a middle ground so they walked away from the deal.
So the weird saga of JaVale McGee continues. It will just continue without the Celtics apparently.