Suns officially sign C JaVale McGee

The Phoenix Suns have officially signed free agent center JaVale McGee, the team announced on Monday.

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal worth $5 million.

McGee, 33, is a three-time NBA champion who won an Olympic gold medal earlier this month as a member of the U.S. men’s national team. In Tokyo, he teamed with Suns guard Devin Booker for the U.S., totaling 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting in 20 minutes played over four games.

The 13-year veteran began last season with Cleveland before being acquired by Denver, where he faced the Suns in the Western Conference Semifinals. He averaged 7.3 points on 51.1% shooting, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 14.7 minutes in 46 appearances during the 2020-21 season. 

McGee has won league titles with Golden State in 2017 and 2018 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020. He holds 7.8 points on 57.1% shooting, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 747 games (319 starts) with Washington, Denver, Philadelphia, Dallas, Golden State, the L.A. Lakers, and Cleveland.

He has also appeared in 62 career playoff games (23 starts), averaging 5.4 points on 59.9% shooting, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 12.6 minutes.

McGee is a winner and contributes to winning, and the Suns can use a solid backup like him next season.

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