The Philadelphia 76ers have waived center JaVale McGee, giving him a chance to sign with a contending team for the stretch run, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.
McGee had to be let go by March 1 to be eligible to play in the postseason for another team, so this move was made just in time. The big man didn’t give back any salary, so he’ll collect the remaining $23.2 million left on his contract for this year and next year.
McGee will certainly get through waivers because of his big contract, and then he’ll be free to sign wherever he wants. Amick mentioned the three Texas teams as a possibility for the big man, as well as the Miami Heat.
McGee was recently traded to Philadelphia along with a first-round pick (via Oklahoma City) from the Denver Nuggets. The Sixers had little use for McGee, but getting a first-round pick (top 18 protected this season) made the deal worthwhile. The trade also helped Philly get to the salary floor.
McGee was a major disappointment in Denver, as he was either hurt or bad most of the time. He has played in just 28 games over the last two seasons.