Free agent JaVale McGee plans to continue his NBA career

Apr 25, 2024, 4:50 PM | Updated: 4:51 pm

JaVale McGee #00 of the Sacramento Kings dbefore a game at Honda Center on October 11, 2023 in Anah...

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Just having completed his sixteenth NBA season, seven-footer JaVale McGee provided electric energy off the bench. His veteran leadership as a three-time NBA Champion was valuable beyond the stat sheet.

In his exit interview, McGee shared his perspective on Sacramento’s roster after having been part of it for a season. “One thing about this team that I realized when I got here, especially with the young guys, is they work,” he said.

“They’re very good guys. They’re rarely late. We had rare late moments. If we had late moments, it was more trying to get to the bus on the road, but nobody really showed up late to practice like that. A lot of professional young guys. It was very impressive to see the group the guys put together here.”

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Mike Brown was often complimentary of the energy, passion, and vocal leadership that McGee provided to the largely quiet group.

Heading into free agency at 36 years old, JaVale McGee said he plans to continue his NBA career. He logged 339 minutes in 46 games played with the Sacramento Kings in 2023-24, averaging 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists, and 0.4 blocks on 59.8 percent from the field.

When playing regularly towards the beginning of the year, the veteran developed stellar pick-and-roll chemistry with Malik Monk, a lob threat who is also entering free agency. It will be interesting to see where McGee lands after free agency.

Key offseason dates for JaVale McGee and the NBA

  • Sunday, May 12 – NBA Draft Lottery
  • Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 27th – 2024 NBA Draft
  • Sunday, June 30th – Free Agent negotiating window opens (3 PM PST)
  • Saturday, July 6th – Free Agents can officially sign contracts
  • July 12-22nd – Las Vegas Summer League
  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
  • Friday, September 27th – NBA training camps begin

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