JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee
33-Year-Old CenterC
Cleveland Cavaliers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The addition of Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard to the Lakers in 2019-20 meant that McGee was in for a reduced role. He still held some deep-league fantasy relevance, however, averaging 6.6 points on 63.7 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes. The 32-year-old likely won't see his role boost much in 2020-21, as he'll be one of Andre Drummond's backups in Cleveland, also fighting with Larry Nance and Kevin Love for reserve center minutes. Given the lack of clarity about McGee's role, he can probably be avoided in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. The rebuilding Cavaliers will likely not prioritize McGee's minutes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.2 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2019. Exercised $4.2 million player option for 2020-21 in November of 2020. Traded to the Cavaliers in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

JaVale Lindy McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, to George Montgomery and Pamela Denise McGee. McGee's father was a second-round selection in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers while his mother was a basketball star at the University of Southern California, won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and starred for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA. Javale McGee also has a younger half sister, Imani McGee-Stafford, who plays in the WNBA. McGee attended two high schools in Michigan -- Detroit Country Day School and Providence Christian -- before transferring to Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. In 2013, he co-founded Juglife (https://www.juglifewater.com/), an organization that is "committed to bringing awareness to the lifestyle that drinking water can provide" and emphasizes "the need to appreciate, conserve, and promote water for a successful life." With Juglife, McGee has helped build water wells in Africa to provide access to clean water. He also took part in the NBA Africa Game in 2018 as part of Team World. McGee has hosted his annual Great Turkey Giveaway in his hometown of Flint -- along with other locations -- for nine years, helping to distribute turkeys to families in need and disabled veterans. In 2016, while a member of the Dallas Mavericks, McGee hosted the Flint PAL Night benefiting the Flint Police Activities League during a road game in Detroit. Learn more about McGee by following him on Twitter (@JaValeMcGee) and on Instagram (@javalemcgee).

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McGee moved from the Midwest to play for coach Mark Fox and Nevada. He spent his freshman season as an understudy to Nick Fazekas and played 10.0 minutes per game, posting per-game averages of 3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots. The seven-foot center moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and blossomed. He led the WAC in shot blocks with 2.8 per game and added 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. McGee also hit 52.9 percent of his field-goal attempts. The team went 12-4 in the WAC but fell in the conference tournament to New Mexico State and headed to the CBI. After the season, McGee hired an agent and made his way to the 2008 NBA Draft, where he was chosen by the Washington Wizards with the 18th overall pick.

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CCleveland Cavaliers
March 1, 2021
McGee scored 10 points (5-7 FG) and tallied five rebounds along with three blocks in 17 minutes Monday against the Rockets.
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McGee has now logged 11 or more minutes in eight of his last nine contests, and he's swatted away eight total shots in his last three. The backup center scored in double digits for the first time since Jan. 24 vs. Houston on Monday.
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2019

In his age-31 season, McGee appeared in 68 games for the Lakers, averaging 16.6 minutes per contest. A regular starter throughout the regular season, McGee posted 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest, while shooting 63.7 percent from the field. McGee notched two double-doubles on the season, both of which came in the month of November. In a Nov. 13 win over the Warriors, McGee finished with season-highs in both points (18) and rebounds (17). On Nov. 29 against Washington, McGee went for 15 points and 11 rebounds, also adding two assists, two blocks and a steal. McGee had four games with at least five blocks, including a season-high seven in a win over the Pelicans on Mar. 1. Against Detroit on Jan. 5, McGee had six blocks to go with nine points and three rebounds. In the postseason, McGee averaged 2.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 9.7 minutes per game as the Lakers captured the 2020 NBA championship.

2018

JaVale McGee joined the Lakers on a one-year deal after two productive seasons with Golden State, where he won two NBA Championships. He was one of several veterans added to the roster around blockbuster free agent acquisition LeBron James. McGee enjoyed a revival in his first season with the Lakers in 2018-19. He averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game, and his 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks were his most in seven seasons. In 62 starts, McGee increased those averages to 12.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. In 11 outings in which he saw at least 30 minutes, McGee averaged 17.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and nearly three blocks per contest. McGee's best game of the season came March 22 in a loss to Brooklyn when he went for 33 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks. He finished the campaign with 14 double-doubles in 75 contests. McGee racked up 10 games with at least 20 points and four games with 15-plus rebounds. Defensively, he posted nine games with at least two steals and six games with five-plus blocks.

2017

McGee returned to the Warriors on another one-year contract for the 2017-18 season. He took on a similar role as in his previous campaign, playing in 65 games -- 17 as a starter -- and averaging 9.5 minutes per contest. Though the center's scoring dropped slightly to 4.8 points per game, he continued to post an excellent field-goal percentage (62.1 percent). He also averaged 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest. For the second consecutive season, McGee led the league with 3.3 blocked shots per 36 minutes. He tied a season high with four blocks while scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a win over San Antonio on March 8. Later in the same month, McGee tallied a season-best nine rebounds and scored eight points versus Utah. In the playoffs, he played in 13 contests as part of the Warriors' second straight championship squad. In those games, McGee's playing time jumped slightly over the regular season as he averaged 12.2 minutes per contest. He finished the postseason with per-game averages of 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks while shooting 67.2 percent from the field.

2016

After one season in Dallas, McGee signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors prior to the 2016-17 campaign. He played in 79 games with Golden State -- his highest mark in four years -- and averaged 9.6 minutes per contest. McGee posted per-game averages of 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots during the campaign. He was the most proficient shot-blocker in the league on a per-36 minute basis, swatting 3.3 shots per 36 minutes. McGee was also very efficient as a shooter, notching a career-best 65.2 percent field-goal rate. He scored a season-high 17 points against the Knicks on Dec. 15 and tallied 15 points eight days later. On March 31, he swatted a season-best five shots while scoring 13 points in a win over Houston. McGee played in 16 games during the Warriors' postseason run to the NBA Championship, averaging 9.3 minutes during those contests. He posted per-game playoff totals of 5.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He also improved upon his superb regular-season shooting percentage by converting 73.2 percent of his shot attempts in the postseason.

2015

McGee joined Dallas for the 2015-16 campaign after the Mavericks signed him to a multi-year contract. He missed the preseason and the start of the regular season while recovering from a stress fracture in his left tibia. McGee made his Mavericks debut on Nov. 22, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds in 11 minutes. The University of Nevada product played a total of 34 games during the regular season and averaged 10.9 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. The seven-foot center notched 2.5 blocked shots per 36 minutes, among the top marks in the league. McGee posted one double-double during the campaign -- a 13-point, 11-rebound performance in a win over Sacramento on Jan. 5. The following day, he swatted a season-best four shots while scoring eight points and grabbing six boards in a victory over the Pelicans. During the postseason, McGee played in two games against Oklahoma City. He totaled 14 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds.

2014

After playing in only five games in 2013-14, McGee returned for the opening game of the 2014-15 season. He was eased back into action, logging nine minutes and collecting two points, two rebounds and one blocked shot for the Denver Nuggets. The center's playing time soon increased, however, as he averaged 17 minutes in his next two contests. McGee racked up four blocks in each of those games while averaging 12 points and four rebounds. On Feb. 19, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In his debut with Philadelphia, McGee scored two points and grabbed two boards. His best game with the Sixers was a six-point, two-rebound performance against Miami on Feb. 23. However, McGee was waived by the 76ers in early March. Collectively, the University of Nevada product played in 23 games during the campaign. He averaged a career-low 11.1 minutes per contest. On the season, he posted per-game averages of 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks over 11.1 minutes of run per contest.

2013

JaVale McGee's 2013-14 campaign got off to a promising start as he averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in the preseason for the Nuggets. For the first time in his Denver career, he was given a starting role on the team. McGee opened the campaign with four points and two blocks against Sacramento. He notched at least one block in each of the following three contests while seeing a steady increase in playing time. In Denver's first win of the season, McGee played a season-high 24 minutes against Atlanta on Nov. 7. In that contest, he scored a season-best 14 points, shooting 7-of-13 from the field. He also collected three rebounds and two blocks in the victory. In the following game, McGee played 12 minutes and scored two points. However, he was pulled from the game in the third quarter and was eventually diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia. McGee underwent surgery in February and did not play again during the season.

2012

In McGee's first full season in Denver, the seven-footer played in 79 games and averaged 18.1 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting a career-best 57.5 percent from the field. Defensively, McGee was again one of the top shot blockers in the league as his 2.0 swats per game ranked eighth in the NBA. He posted two double-doubles during the campaign, including an 11-rebound performance against San Antonio on March 27 in which he scored a season-high 21 points. McGee also participated in all six of the Nuggets' games during the first round of the playoffs, averaging 18.7 minutes per contest. In the postseason, he averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

2011

JaVale McGee began the 2011-12 season with Washington, playing in 40 games and averaging 27.4 minutes per contest. He was traded to Denver in mid-March and played 20.5 minutes per contest for the Nuggets. Collectively, McGee posted a career-high 11.3 points per game during the season and made 55.6 percent of his field-goal attempts, also his best career mark. He averaged 7.8 rebounds per game and was again one of the league's top shot blockers, ranking second with 2.2 swats per contest. He tallied 15 double-doubles during the campaign, including a 23-point effort against Philadelphia on Jan. 14 during which he collected a season-high 18 rebounds and five blocks. McGee got his first taste of the postseason with Denver, playing in all seven games during the Nuggets' first-round playoff loss to the Lakers. In those seven contests, he averaged 8.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

2010

JaVale McGee took on an expanded role in his third NBA season as he played almost exclusively as a starter and averaged a career-best 27.8 minutes per contest for the Washington Wizards. He continued to show his talent as a shot blocker, ranking second in the league with 2.4 swats per contest. McGee posted a career-best mark in blocked shots along with a host of other categories, including points (10.1) and rebounds (8.0) per game. He also had the best shooting season of his career, making 55 percent of his field-goal attempts. McGee collected his first triple-double against Chicago on March 15, tallying 11 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 blocks. He also participated in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend, claiming second place behind Blake Griffin.

2009

JaVale McGee blossomed as a shot blocker during his second NBA season with the Washington Wizards. He averaged 1.7 swats per game, the 11th-best mark in the Association. His ranking was especially impressive considering the fact that he averaged only 16.1 minutes of action per contest. On a per-36 minute basis, McGee's average of 3.8 blocks per game was the top mark in the league. The seven-footer also averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest. In a victory over Golden State on Apr. 6, McGee scored a career-high 25 points and tallied 15 rebounds along with three blocked shots.

2008

JaVale McGee was chosen by the Washington Wizards with the 18th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. During his rookie campaign, McGee played in 75 games -- including 14 starts -- and posted per-game averages of 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. The University of Nevada product shot 49.4 percent from the field and 66.0 percent from the free-throw line. Defensively, the big center averaged one block per game. McGee compiled four double-doubles during the season, including an 18-point, 11-rebound performance against Atlanta on Feb. 10. He also posted two games in which he racked up four blocked shots, highlighted by a 17-point effort against Boston on Apr. 15.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2008
    Drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie deal.
  • March 15, 2012
    As part of a three-team trade, traded by the Washington Wizards with Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets. The Denver Nuggets traded Nene to the Washington Wizards; the Los Angeles Clippers traded Brian Cook and a 2015 2nd-round draft pick (Arturas Gudaitis was later selected) to the Washington Wizards; and the Washington Wizards traded Nick Young to the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • July 18, 2012
    Signed a four-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.
  • February 19, 2015
    Traded by the Denver Nuggets with Chukwudiebere Maduabum and a 2016 1st-round draft pick (Furkan Korkmaz was later selected) to the Philadelphia 76ers for Cenk Akyol and cash.
  • March 1, 2015
    Waived by the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • August 13, 2015
    Signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • July 8, 2016
    Waived by the Dallas Mavericks.
  • September 15, 2016
    Signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • August 1, 2017
    Signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • July 10, 2018
    Signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • November 22, 2020
    Traded to the Cavaliers along with a future second-round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell.
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McGee re-upped with the Lakers on a two-year, $8.5 million deal after his first season with Los Angeles. He averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game in 2018-19 to go along with 7.5 rebounds. He also brought back the blocking prowess that he was known for early in his career, swatting 2.0 shots per game. McGee shot 62.4 percent from the floor in 2018, and he provides a high floor in field-goal percentage, thanks in large part to his athleticism and length leading to easy points around the rim. His three-point game is effectively non-existent, and he is not a reliable free-throw shooter (63.2 percent in 2018-19). The primary starter last season, McGee played 22.3 minutes per game -- a seven-year high. He has been a role player for most of his career, and his 62 starts last season were a career-high. While the additions of Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard might cut into McGee's role, if he can manage a 20-minute-per-night role, he should provide a steady source of rebounding and blocks while contributing to the Lakers' second unit.
Over the past two seasons with Golden State, McGee started 27 games, but averaged just 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds across 9.5 minutes. However, in joining the Lakers this year, he'll have the opportunity to be a full-time starter. The other competition for the position is Ivica Zubac, who played more G-League minutes than NBA minutes, and Moritz Wagner, the 25th pick in this year’s draft. That said, even if McGee earns the starting job, he may not see enough run to vault into Fantasy relevance. The last time the center garnered at least 15 minutes per game was in 2013-14 as a member of the Nuggets. During his 121 games with the team, he averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks across 17.5 minutes -- an indication of the type of production he could have in LA. All things considered, McGee could make for a late-round flyer in Fantasy, though recent history suggests his upside is relatively limited.
A significant leg injury and a penchant for racking up ugly turnovers rendered McGee a massive disappointment after he signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Nuggets in 2012, and it looked as though his time in the NBA could be running out as recently as last summer. Despite McGee’s flaws, the Warriors gambled that their winning culture would help the center get the most out of his considerable physical gifts, prompting them to sign the 29-year-old to a non-guaranteed deal. The decision proved to be a shrewd one, as McGee maintained health and was a seamless fit in the team’s up-tempo attack, playing in 77 games while averaging 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 9.6 minutes per game. McGee was at his best as a finisher at the rim, and the luxury of playing alongside a group of adept passers afforded him an array of quality looks that ultimately yielded a career-high 65.2 field-goal percentage. The stellar per-minute production suggests McGee could still be a high-end Fantasy asset at center if he were to see an uptick in playing time, but it doesn’t look like that will be in the cards in 2017-18 after he re-signed with Golden State on a one-year contract. The Warriors also re-signed incumbent starter Zaza Pachulia and regularly deploy Draymond Green as a small-ball option at center, and since both players bring unique and valuable skills to the position, McGee seems unlikely to see a substantial increase in minutes. That will likely conspire to keep McGee off the radar in most Fantasy formats when the Warriors frontcourt is at full strength, but he’ll make for an intriguing DFS option or short-term pickup in season-long formats if Pachulia or Green should miss time with an injury.
Once considered an up-and-comer in the league, the enigmatic McGee has seen his career path altered by erratic play and injury. McGee was hoping for a bounce back season last year after surgery to address a stress fracture in his tibia limited him to just five games the previous year. However, soreness in the area resurfaced, and he appeared in just 23 games with both the Nuggets and Sixers. Philadelphia waived the seven-year veteran in early March, and McGee opted not to sign with another team. He finished the season averaging 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 11 minutes per game. McGee shot an impressive 53 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free-throw line. Dallas signed the 7-0 center in the offseason with the hope that he can provide the athleticism and rim-protection the team lost after DeAndre Jordan returned to Los Angeles and Tyson Chandler left for Phoenix. Though the Mavericks medical staff is highly regarded, health remains the key factor in McGee's long-term value. If he can stay on the court, McGee's age and ability should allow him to be a regular member of the Dallas rotation and provide him an opportunity to restart a once promising career.
JaVale McGee missed the majority of the 2013-14 season after a stress fracture was discovered in his left tibia in November. He was the starter coming in to the 2013-14 season, but the injury forced the Nuggets to turn to J.J. Hickson and, eventually, Timofey Mozgov at center. McGee will have his eye on reclaiming the starting center role in 2014-15, but he'll have to prove his worth in training camp to guarantee himself minutes.
Pegged as a potential breakout candidate last year, McGee failed to live up to the billing, as he spent the entire season working as a reserve off of the Nuggets' bench. The 25-year-old seven-footer finished the 2012-13 season with averages of 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds, but he was still able to make a fantasy impact by swatting away two shots per game and sinking 57 percent of his field-goal attempts. While he has always been prone to bone-headed mistakes, there's no denying McGee's athletic ability. His career stats per 36 minutes played (15.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.3. blocks) hint at the potential McGee has yet to fully realize. Owners who take a chance on him during draft day may finally be able to reap the rewards of his potential, though, as the new blood in the Nuggets' front office have been backing the talented big man all offseason. There's some risk involved in reaching too far for McGee, but he could end up being a great piece to add to any fantasy frontcourt if his playing time increases as expected.
After breaking onto the fantasy scene in 2010-11, McGee solidified himself as a quality option at the pivot last season. He was once again one the league’s premier shot blockers, swatting away 2.2 attempts per game, which ranked second in the Association behind Serge Ibaka. His scoring average reached a new career-high of 11.3 points while his rebounding dropped slightly to 7.8 boards. Aside from the bone-headed plays McGee has been prone to committing the past couple seasons, the main mark against him has been an undeveloped offensive game. His athleticism is off the charts, but he struggles from the charity stripe (46.1) and doesn’t have much of a low-post game to speak of. The 24-year-old seven-footer worked to address his holes on the offensive end of the court this offseason, though, receiving tutelage from Hall-of-Fame big man Hakeem Olajuwon. The Nuggets committed over $40 million to McGee this offseason, so he should be a big part of the team going forward. Look for him to be the Nuggets’ primary option in the middle, which should lead to an increase in playing time, especially if he can display refined offensive skills from his time spent with Olajuwon this summer.
McGee garnered national attention after his electrifying performance at last year’s slam dunk contest, but the Wizards’ big man was already making a name for himself in fantasy circles prior to his high-flying act. After averaging 1.6 blocks in only 16 minutes per game as a sophomore, fantasy owners were foaming at the mouth with anticipation of McGee getting more playing time in 2010-11. He didn’t disappoint. Handed more than 27 mpg by Wizards coach Flip Saunders, McGee developed into one of the better shot-blockers in the Association, averaging 2.4 blocks per game while chipping in 8.0 rebounds. While great on defense, the 23-year-old center is still very raw on the offensive side of the ball. Without much of a low-post game, McGee relied on his athleticism to get easy baskets, on the way to a career-high 10.1 points per game. With most of his baskets being dunks or put-backs, McGee shot 55.0 percent from the floor, but he struggled from the line, hitting just 58.3 percent of his freebies. McGee will likely never develop into an offensive force, but he’s young enough that there’s still room for growth, and he’s already strong enough in blocks to carry that category for fantasy squads.
McGee's final numbers last season certainly don't jump out, but looking deeper, 1.7 bpg in just 16:06 mpg is pretty impressive. He really turned it on during the last month of the season, when he averaged 13.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks over eight games. He's also coming off a highly encouraging offseason, as McGee averaged 19.5 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 69 percent from the field in four Las Vegas Summer League games and nearly played for Team USA during the world championships. McGee was also diagnosed with asthma – a serious condition that had previously been untreated – so his stamina has really improved. Washington is currently in a major youth movement, so he'll enter 2010-11 as the team's starting center. McGee is a true sleeper.
McGee was not projected to play much as a rookie, but injuries forced him into minutes last season. He actually showed a fair amount of promise and some flashes of brilliance, along with some usual rookie ups and downs. McGee will probably post similar numbers to last season's unless Saunders prefers to give more backup-center minutes to Blatche and the less talented but steady Oberto.
McGee was the Wizards' first round pick (18th overall) in the 2008 draft. An athletic seven-footer with the wingspan of a commercial airliner, he projects as a combo forward/center who can run the floor and provide good interior defense -- but he's pretty raw. He did lead the Vegas Summer League in minutes, which may be a positive sign.
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Approaches double-double Sunday
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February 15, 2021
McGee tallied nine points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one block across 16 minutes Sunday in the Cavaliers' 128-111 loss to the Clippers.
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Gets ejected Monday
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 9, 2021
McGee posted eight points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) in eight minutes before being ejected in the fourth quarter of Monday's 119-113 loss to the Suns.
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Blocks three in return to rotation
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 2, 2021
McGee posted zero points (0-3 FG), five rebounds and three blocks across 13 minutes off the bench Monday in the Cavaliers' 100-98 win over the Timberwolves.
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Scores eight points against ex-team
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 25, 2021
McGee totaled eight points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one blocked shot in a 115-108 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
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Teases double-double Tuesday
CCleveland Cavaliers
January 12, 2021
McGee scored eight points (4-8 FG) while adding nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 117-87 loss to the Jazz.
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