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Reports: JaVale McGee still in play for Celtics, unlikely to land with Mavericks or Warriors

JaVale McGee, Kevin Seraphin

Washington Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin, right, of France, hangs onto Philadelphia 76ers’ JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 89-81. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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JaVale McGee nearly signed with the Celtics last week, but he and Boston couldn’t agree on terms of an option season.

So, McGee remains a free agent – reportedly with plenty of suitors.

But the field might be thinning a bit.

Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News on the Mavericks:

they are not offering more than a minimum contract for the rest of this season.

Most likely, McGee will end up some place else. But the Mavericks are in the conversation.


The 7-foot shot-blocker is not completely ruled out in Boston

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:

A minimum rest-of-season contract would beat the Celtics’ proposed team option for McGee. At least he’d become a free agent this summer rather than locking himself into a low-paying deal only if he plays well and getting nothing if he doesn’t.

If Dallas doesn’t think its proposal will lure McGee, he probably has better offers – or is at least projecting he does.

At some point soon, McGee will likely have to prove it, though. I doubt the Warriors change their mind. Why risk disrupting your chemistry for McGee? And it’s hard to see the Celtics or McGee actually reversing their stances.

There are still plenty of places McGee would fit, but if he had a player-friendly contract offer, I think he would have signed already.