NBA: Mavericks sign JaVale McGee

FILE–JaVale McGee with the Phoenix Suns. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Veteran center JaVale McGee is headed back to the Dallas Mavericks, agreeing to a three-year, $20.1 million deal, with the third year as a player option, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

The 7-footer had a successful 2021-22 season as the backup center and stopgap starter for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 9.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 74 games.

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McGee, 34, told ESPN he expects to be the starting center and is excited about how he’ll fit on the court with Mavericks All-NBA guard Luka Doncic.

“I saw some opportunities out there where I was like, ‘Oh yeah, if they had a rolling big, they could dominate in a different aspect,’” McGee told ESPN.

Among McGee’s 821 career games are 34 played with the Mavericks during the 2015-16 campaign. Playing under coach Rick Carlisle, McGee clocked under 11 minutes a game, scoring 5.1 points and grabbing 3.9 rebounds.