Nuggets Re-Sign JaVale McGee

July 18 2012 at 9:42pm CDT By Zach Links

The Nuggets announced that they have re-signed free agent center JaVale McGee to a multiyear contract.  The deal is for four years and worth $44MM, a source told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter).  The big man averaged 11.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 2.16 BPG in 61 games for the Nuggets and Wizards last season. 

Denver acquired McGee from the Wizards as part of a three-team deal on March 15th that sent Nene to Washington.  The athletic 24-year-old had a number of memorable mental lapses on the court during his time with the Wizards but appeared to turn a corner with the Nuggets.

JaVale did a tremendous job for us after the trade,” Executive VP Masai Ujiri said in the release. “He worked hard on the court and did everything our coaches asked of him. Plus, he’s only 24 years old. With our coaching staff, he’s only going to get better.

McGee turned in a pair of brilliant performances in the Nuggets' first-round series against the Lakers.  The 7-footer put up 16 points and 15 rebounds Game 3 and followed that up with 21 points and 14 boards in Game 5.

Late last week, it was reported that the Nuggets offered McGee a five-year deal worth $50MM.  The reported pact gives McGee a slightly higher average annual value while allowing him to re-enter the open market before his 29th birthday.  The length and value of the deal is strikingly similar to the four-year, $43MM offer sheet that the Clippers matched last offseason in order to keep DeAndre Jordan away from the Warriors.

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