Free Agent Options #6: JaVale McGee (RFA)
McGee left Washington to greener pastures in Denver. He got to make his first playoff appearance, and is growing as a player. He’s a very good shot blocker and finishes excellent around the basket. He’s a good rebounder, and has good hands. Essentially, he is everything a player must be to be a starting center.
The Celtics would be drooling at the chance to land McGee. After years of lingering with old and out of shape front court players, McGee’s life and athleticism would be refreshing for fans, and for Doc Rivers. He’d finally be able to plan his defensive schemes around the baseline help of McGee, who is able to both block and change shots enough to allow perimeter defenders to get beat on occasion without the Celtics getting punished with an assault of finishes around the rim.
McGee is only 24 and he is a legit 7 footer with a decent basketball IQ. He understands defense better than offense, but his athleticism dictates he will be successful on offense, at least for now. As he ages, he is going to have diversify his game to remain a starter level player.