Kings interested in three-time NBA champion JaVale McGee

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Report: Kings interested in three-time NBA champion JaVale McGee originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

The Kings reportedly are interested in adding more center depth for the 2023-24 NBA season.

Sacramento has interest in signing 7-foot big man JaVale McGee, TNT senior NBA insider Chris Haynes reported Tuesday, citing sources.

McGee officially was waived by the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Tuesday, and will become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday. McGee was expected to have his contract waived and stretched by Dallas before the league’s Aug. 31 deadline, per reports.

After Kings coach Mike Brown struggled to find a reliable big man behind Domantas Sabonis last season, Sacramento has been heavy on adding plenty of options at the five. The Kings brought back Trey Lyles and Alex Len, signed 6-foot-10 center Nerlenes Noel and 7-footer Neemias Queta, and reunited with Skal Labissiere this offseason.

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The three-time NBA champion has played 15 seasons for eight teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.

He has averaged 7.8 points on 57.8-percent shooting, along with 5.2 rebounds in 863 regular-season games.

McGee played a career-low 8.5 minutes per contest last season with the Mavericks, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 42 games played (seven starts).

Sacramento is close to home for the center, too, as his mother Pamela McGee was a star WNBA player with the Sacramento Monarchs, the team that selected her No. 2 overall in the 1997 WNBA Draft.

The Kings are coming off a historic season in which they snapped their 17-year playoff drought. And as they look to build off the success next season, McGee could be a part of something special brewing in Sacramento.

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