Nuggets Making Progress With JaVale McGee

The Nuggets and JaVale McGee are making progress in negotiations on a new contract, tweets's Sam Amick. According to Amick, "all signs" point to McGee re-signing in Denver and continuing his tenure with the Nuggets, who acquired him at this year's trade deadline.

Last week, TNT's David Aldridge reported that the Nuggets and McGee continued to "grind it out," adding that the loser of the Roy Hibbert sweepstakes could enter the mix for McGee in a big way. However, with the Pacers reportedly prepared to match a max offer sheet for Hibbert, or simply sign him outright, word is that the Blazers don't expect to seek another top free agent center.

McGee's mental approach to the game has been questioned over the course of his four NBA seasons, but he has a 17.9 career PER, including a 19.9 mark in 2011/12. Even taking into account the question marks surrounding the 24-year-old, it's hard to imagine they Nuggets won't receive a little competition as they try to lock up the young center. It's just not clear at the moment where that competition will come from.

For their part, the Nuggets seem focused on their own free agents at this point. Besides the team's agreement with Andre Miller, the only Nuggets rumors we've heard this month have involved McGee. Ty Lawson, entering the final year of his rookie contract, is also eligible for a contract extension this offseason.


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