JaVale McGee, a late arrival to Cleveland Cavaliers training camp after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers, is likely to play in the team’s final preseason game on Dec. 18 against the New York Knicks.
“He brings a wealth of experience, championship experience,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of McGee. “He brings a great energy, a high IQ, an intellect about the game and he’s fun to be around. He keeps the energy positive, he keeps us moving in a great direction. My expectation with him is that he’ll play on Friday if things continue to progress the right way.”
McGee, 32, is part of a crowded Cavaliers’ frontcourt that also includes Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and Thon Maker, but could emerge as the backup center to Drummond.
Last season, McGee averaged 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 68 games.