JaVale McGee Rumors: Warriors, Lakers, Thunder and Pelicans Interested in Center

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) talks with center JaVale McGee (1) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Free-agent center JaVale McGee has drawn interest from the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans, according to David Aldridge of Turner Sports. 

McGee, 30, averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game with the Warriors last year, making 17 starts during the regular season and nine in the playoffs.

McGee may receive offers around the league, but the Warriors remain the front-runners to retain him.

"I haven't thought about [another team] mainly because, hopefully, in my mind, I'm a Warrior for the rest of my career," he told Chris Haynes of ESPN.com last week. "If that happens, it would be a blessing."

McGee was one-third of the team's rotating cast of big men, which included Zaza Pachulia and Kevon Looney. Both are also free agents this summer, with only Damian Jones on the roster as a true center. But McGee seems likely to come back, telling Haynes he envisioned the Bay Area as his long-term home during this year's NBA Finals. 

"Just all of us out there together, especially the starting five. The cohesion that we had when I was in the game, it speaks for itself," he said. "We swept 'em. So, it was definitely a beautiful thing and it just felt right. It was just so smooth when I was inserted in there. It was a lot of fun. I want to continue experiencing that."

McGee made a $2.1 million minimum deal for the Warriors last season, and he'd likely be returning at the same price or close to it. It's possible he could receive better offers elsewhere, but McGee expressed a level of contentment with the Warriors. 

"I feel like it's the perfect city and by far the best fan base that I've ever been a part of," McGee said. "The love they show us is amazing. Obviously, the coaching staff and the whole organization. There's also a lot of opportunities outside of basketball there. I love it."