The Boston Celtics appear to have beaten off competition from a number of NBA teams, many of whom are title contenders, to sign enigmatic big man JaVale McGee.
Celtics win out
Numerous reports revealed on Thursday that the former first round pick, most recently of the Philadelphia 76ers, is close to agreeing terms on a two year deal with the Celtics.
This despite reported interest in McGee from the likes of Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors since he hit the open market Wednesday. It is the terms of the deal on the table from the Celtics though which may have swayed McGee away from a shot at the title in 2014-15.
The Boston Celtics look ready to offer the former Denver Pistons man a deal guaranteed through next season - other offers coming his way were more than likely only until the end of the current campaign.
With Boston just two games outside the playoffs in the East, JaVale McGee hasn't said goodbye to hopes of playing in the playoffs this season though. Celtics fans will be hoping he can find some consistency over the final months of the season to help them sneak into the postseason out East.
Turning over a new leaf
The 7-footer will be hoping a two-year deal in Boston paves the way to laying some foundations in the NBA. The Celtics will be his fourth team in as many seasons and the 27-year-old is running out of chances to convince a franchise that he can turn obvious athletic ability into on-court efficiency.
In his six seasons in the league McGee has averaged 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Injuries haven't helped his development, hence why so many title contenders were willing to take a shot on him finding health and form. His shot blocking will always be an asset and Boston clearly felt he could offer depth behind Tyler Zeller on their roster.
No new additions
While JaVale McGee wouldn't be a game changer for any of those challenging for the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy but the likes of the Warriors and Mavs will be frustrated not to have added depth moving into the business end of the season.
The Miami Heat meanwhile, after revitalizing the career of Hassan Whiteside, will have been hoping to have a chance to repeat with McVale.
What do you think Celtics fans? Is taking a chance on McVale the right move? And would he have been a fit with any other teams? Let us know in the comments section below...