JaVale McGee Cavaliers
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Cleveland Cavaliers are not expected to work on a buyout with veteran bigman JaVale McGee, according to Chris Fedor of cleveland.com.

McGee has been an excellent option for Cleveland in the backup center position. As a result, it would not make sense for the franchise to just let him free.

“… more than 48 hours before the trade buzzer, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see McGee remain with the team beyond Thursday. Multiple sources tell cleveland.com that the Cavs wouldn’t be interested in a buyout. Their current plan: Trade or keep him,” Fedor wrote.

The veteran center is on a movable ($4.2 million) expiring contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

McGee averages 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 15.1 minutes through 32 games this season. Cleveland has registered 16 wins so far this season being multiple games away from a playoff spot.