Nuggets Acquire JaVale McGee via Trade With Cavaliers

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The Denver Nuggets have completed a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire center JaVale McGee. Denver will be sending backup center Isaiah Hartenstein and two protected second-round picks in exchange for McGee.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that the second-round picks would not come into play until after the 2023 and 2027 seasons.

McGee returns to Denver, where he spent almost four seasons following a trade from the Washington Wizards. One good thing about returning to Denver is that McGee won't be adding an eighth different team to his resume.

While he's bounced around a bit in his career, one thing you can say about him is that he always plays hard every time he's on the court. That's why he's been able to play for 13 years in the league.

McGee is still a viable commodity as his 18.76 player efficiency rating puts him 48th in the league, though he's only started one game this season and is averaging 15.2 minutes per contest.

The former Nevada product was a solid contributor for the Los Angeles Lakers in their championship run last season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

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