According to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post, the Denver Nuggets have a five-year $50 million contract on the table for JaVale McGee; however McGee’s representatives “don’t appear to be in a hurry to get a deal done and will continue to negotiate.”
Remember when I said the number to watch was 10? It appears as though rather than going over or under that figure, the Nuggets have decided to try and settle right on it. Whether McGee is willing to do the same is still up in the air.
The fact McGee and his representatives are continuing to negotiate with this much money there for the taking is a bit unsettling from a fan’s standpoint. Although other centers have been grossly overpayed this summer, the ones who’ve cashed in for greater than $50 million (i.e. Hibbert and Lopez) are much better than McGee at this point in their careers. McGee isn’t worth more than $10 million per year. But if his team is set on exceeding this mark, there’s a decent chance they’ll be able to reach that goal. The Nuggets would then face the difficult dilemma of whether to match a bloated contract or watch an incredibly gifted, 7-foot center walk out the door for nothing.