The Mavs are no longer interested in signing JaVale McGee, and they aren’t seeking any other upgrades to their roster, a source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, who writes amid his weekly power rankings. They join the Warriors among the teams who have apparently grown chilly on the idea of signing the free agent center after he and the Celtics failed to reach a deal earlier this month. Dallas reportedly had serious interest in McGee as of a couple of weeks ago.
McGee has been a free agent after securing his release from the Sixers, who acquired him in a deadline-day trade with the Nuggets. There’s little financial pressure for McGee to find a deal, since the B.J. Armstrong client didn’t have to give up any of his $11.25MM salary for this year or his $12MM salary for 2015/16 to part ways with Philly. The Mavs already have 15 players on their roster, as our roster counts show, so there’s financial disincentive for Dallas to make a move. The Mavs were reportedly the front-runners for Jermaine O’Neal earlier this season before he called a halt to his comeback efforts, while Dallas also apparently had cautious interest in Larry Sanders.
The Rockets, Raptors and Heat were still interested in signing McGee as of 10 days ago, Spears reported then. The center has reportedly been seeking a player option for 2015/16 in his next contract, a demand that apparently helped unravel the would-be deal with Boston.