7-foot defensive-oriented big and three-time NBA champion JaVale McGee had a moment where he wanted to play point guard on Monday night.
The Cleveland big man has been a nice addition for the Cavs to begin the year. They were able to acquire the veteran center and a 2026 second-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell last November.
McGee, 33, has played 14 games for the Cavs this season. He’s only played one game for the team in a starting role, and is primarily the defensive big that comes off the bench. Still, he’s averaging a respectable 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 17 minutes a game this year.
McGee has always been veteran big and a defensive presence. Moreover, McGee has been part of three NBA championship teams, two with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and the Golden State Warriors. And of course, last year with the Lakers.
Meanwhile, on Monday night, the Cavs big man seemed like he wanted to get back at his former team for trading him. Although he’s not really a threat on the perimeter, he did his best to play point guard against Los Angeles. The play turned out to be a pretty hilarious clip. There’s no doubt that McGee’s teammates will be giving him schtick for this one after the game.
JaVale McGee gets the ball at the top of the key, and attempts to break down his defender with a few rhythm dribbles. The keyword here is attempt. McGee proceeds to lose the ball not once, but twice before the ball goes flying out of bounds.
Nets Rumored to Have Interest in JaVale McGee
There are currently reports circulating that the Brooklyn Nets are in talks with the Cavaliers about acquiring JaVale McGee.
On Monday, Jason Dumas of KRON in San Francisco reported on social media that Brooklyn and Cleveland are in “active discussions” about the 33-year-old center.
“SOURCE: The Brooklyn Nets are in active discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire JaVale McGee. Also have interest in Kevin Love,” Dumas wrote. “The Cavaliers will look to flip a number of their bigs for draft capital. Andre Drummond & Kevin Love could both be moved, per source. I’m told Jarrett Allen is off the table.”
Further adding to the speculation, Sam Amico, who has long covered the Cavaliers tweeted that sources told him the Nets may “make a run” on Javale McGree. He is currently under contract with Cleveland at $4.2 million this season.