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JaVale McGee: “I don't want to get traded”


By Melissa Rohlin, Bay Area News Group

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

OAKLAND JaVale McGee has been through this before.
As the Warriors approach Thursdays NBA trade deadline, he knows that anything could happen.
Ive been traded plenty of times, McGee said. Its business. Its the NBA. Its how my career goes. So Im not really worried about that. If I get traded, I get traded. If I dont, I dont. I dont want to get traded but, if I do, Im not complaining or bad-mouthing anyone. Its business.
McGee is averaging career-lows in minutes (8.1) this season and has only appeared in 38 games. Hes averaging four points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.4 assists a game.
He recently had a season-high 14 points and matched his season-high in rebounds (four) in a game against Utah on Jan. 30. McGee said in that game he was able to do the things he excels at.
Show what Ive been showing, what Ive always done, McGee said. I score at the rim, I protect the basket and I run the floor.
McGee, 30, has played for five teams over his career. After being selected by the Washington Wizards as the 18th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2012. Then in 2015, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers before being waived by them after appearing in just six games. He was signed by the Dallas Mavericks on August 13, 2015, and then waived by them on July 8, 2016. The Warriors then signed him to a deal September 16, 2016, and re-signed him to a one-year contract on August 1, 2017.
Im just trying to stay focused, McGee said. Its not really difficult. Im used to it now. Just trying to stay focused and make sure Im ready.
McGee said hes able to remain so even-keeled despite all of the rumors and uncertainty because hes bounced around so much over his career. In a sense, this is normal for him.
I was forced to keep this mindset, McGee said.