JaVale McGee

Kings sign three-time NBA champion JaVale McGee to contract

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The Kings added a 7-foot big man to bolster their center depth ahead of the 2023-24 NBA season.

Sacramento announced the signing of three-time NBA champion JaVale McGee on Saturday, which was first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania on Thursday.

TNT senior NBA insider Chris Haynes reported earlier this week that the Kings "had interest" in McGee after the big man was waived by the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. He became an unrestricted free agent Thursday, and the Kings wasted no time securing yet another center this offseason.

The Kings previously signed Nerlens Noel, Neemias Queta and Skal Labissiere this summer, in addition to bringing back Alex Len and Trey Lyles, who spent time at center last season.

Aside from starting center and three-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis, coach Mike Brown wasn't confident in his backup options at center last season. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year tested the waters and experimented with different rotations, but nothing stuck until late in the season.

It appears the Kings are looking to completely avoid that issue next season.

McGee has played 15 seasons for eight teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets. He has averaged 7.8 points on 57.8-percent shooting, along with 5.2 rebounds in 863 regular-season games.

As the Kings hope to build off a historic season in which they snapped their 17-year playoff drought, McGee will get a chance to be a part of something special in the same city his mother, former WNBA star Pamela McGee, thrived in.

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