Although the LA Clippers re-signed Mason Plumlee, there is never too much depth at the center position. In fact, LA fans are first-hand witnesses to how detrimental a big man can be. For example, before last season’s trade deadline, opponents would terrorize the Clippers as head coach Tyronn Lue did not have a competent reserve behind Ivica Zubac. The tables have been flipped around with Plumlee’s inside presence and playmaking abilities.
Moreover, the front office must plan for players missing time due to injuries or personal reasons. The Clippers are pretty much set in terms of depth, talent, and experience at the guard and forward positions. However, after Zubac and Plumlee, the third-string center role is currently vacant.
Furthermore, the Dallas Mavericks recently waived Javale McGee, a three-time champion and gold medalist winner. This could be news for the Clippers, who may consider signing the Michigan native. Conversely, there are many reasons why the front office should refrain from making the addition.
The LA Clippers must stay out of talks for Javale McGee.
At age 35, Javale McGee brings nothing new to the LA Clippers. Sure, he is a veteran who can contribute off the bench. But, he is not as mobile as he once was. Even on a minimum contract, signing McGee would not be worth it when better options are available.
On that note, McGee’s time with the Dallas Mavericks should not be forgotten. Although he averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 8.5 minutes, the former Nevada product could not hold onto the ball. In addition, his slow feet would put him in a bad position when it came to defending the perimeter.
That said, it makes no sense for the LA Clippers to push for a player who will do more harm than good. In his prime, McGee was an elite role player. But now, he is nothing more than a liability.