War­riors sign McGee

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

The Golden State War­riors are keep­ing all three of their centers from a cham­pi­onship sea­son, re-sign­ing 7-footer JaVale McGee to a one-year deal Tues­day for the vet­eran min­i­mum of about $2.3 mil­lion. McGee is a fan fa­vorite for his abil­ity to de­liver on al­ley-oop dunks when Stephen Curry and the oth­ers find the sure-handed big man with high lob passes. McGee emerged as a re­li­able op­tion off the bench in Steve Kerr’s three-cen­ter ro­ta­tion fea­tur­ing starter Zaza Pachu­lia and re­serve David West, both of whom also re­ceived new con­tracts. In Game 3 of the NBA Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals against the Spurs, McGee scored a post­sea­son-best 16 points — all in the first half — as Pachu­lia sat out with a bruised heel. McGee made all seven of his shots in Game 2 of a first-round vic­tory against Port­land, shoot­ing 18 for 23 in all in the four-game sweep of the Trail Blaz­ers. Over­all, he av­er­aged 6.1 points and 3.2 re­bounds play­ing 9.6 min­utes in 77 games with 10 starts while shoot­ing a ca­reer-best 65.2 per­cent.

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