Thursday, March 5, 2015

JaVale McGee signing falls through, will not be joining the Celtics


Welp, that was brief.

It seemed like the JaVale McGee to the Celtics deal was done. A deal that reportedly included a one-year option for next season with the Celtics, fell through Thursday afternoon when both sides couldn't come to an agreement on the terms for next year's option.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Celtics were willing to offer McGee a one-year team option for next season. McGee, who's going to be a free agent this summer, instead wanted next year's one-year option to be a player option.

So in other words, McGee is willing to sign with Boston through the 2015-16 season but wants the opportunity to leave the Celtics if another team is willing to match the initial contract offer or offer more. McGee, who will be a free agent, will definitely be looked at by a number of teams this summer.

If the Celtics did give McGee a player option, they could have ended up losing the veteran to another team that's willing to pay more than the C's.

Can't blame Danny Ainge for not wanting to risk the possibility of losing McGee to another team this summer. The Celtics need a rim protector more than anything right now. The last thing Ainge wants to do is bring in a defender like McGee, not knowing if he's going to stick around next season.

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