Suns sign Javale McGee

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Figured I'd do this so people don't need to dig through the free agency thread for Suns moves. We've also resigned Cam Payne and Chris Paul, details for those deals are in the Chris Paul thread.

Suns have signed McGee to a 1 year deal for approximately $5 million dollars.

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I wanted Noel but he was probably too good to only play 12-15 minutes a game and got $30+ mil. This was a perfect signing.
 

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I knew JaVale was pretty decent...but damn read his bio...hes exactly what we need! Had like 12 blocks in a game once and that was part of his triple double...I think with Paul boy is getting atleast 4 more points a game
 

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I knew JaVale was pretty decent...but damn read his bio...hes exactly what we need! Had like 12 blocks in a game once and that was part of his triple double...I think with Paul boy is getting atleast 4 more points a game
Yeah I think he's one of the better signings we could have hoped for.
 

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McGee is the rare story of a goofball/knucklehead slowly evolving into a solid player. About 4 years ago I would have been nauseated to sign him, but now with our culture and his late maturity... this is a no brainer.
 

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I like it. Its about what I expected, realistically. McGee is a good backup, which is what was needed. We weren't going to get anyone other than a veteran closer to the end of their career than beginning. Someone younger than 30 wasn't going to sign to be Ayton's backup.

Noel wasn't going to happen, neither was Holmes. Guys like that want to be paid and playing time. We couldn't really offer either of those things.

I would have liked someone who could play alongside Ayton but maybe Ayton can work on his range this summer and we might be able to see a few minutes of McGee/Ayton if the matchup calls for it.
 

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I like it. Its about what I expected, realistically. McGee is a good backup, which is what was needed. We weren't going to get anyone other than a veteran closer to the end of their career than beginning. Someone younger than 30 wasn't going to sign to be Ayton's backup.

Noel wasn't going to happen, neither was Holmes. Guys like that want to be paid and playing time. We couldn't really offer either of those things.

I would have liked someone who could play alongside Ayton but maybe Ayton can work on his range this summer and we might be able to see a few minutes of McGee/Ayton if the matchup calls for it.

After some thought, I have warmed to the McGee signing as Ayton's back-up (he DOES provide the rebounding, interior defense and rim protection we so desperately need), with 2 provisos:

1. We still need an actual 4. The roster doesn't have one and hasn't had one since Chriss was jettisoned (not that Chriss was any good, but he WAS an actual 4, rather than a 3 or a 5 masquerading as a 4).

2. Sarver needs to put his money where his mouth is and actually use the full MLE, BAE and Disabled Player Exception to improve the roster.
 

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After some thought, I have warmed to the McGee signing as Ayton's back-up (he DOES provide the rebounding, interior defense and rim protection we so desperately need), with 2 provisos:

1. We still need an actual 4. The roster doesn't have one and hasn't had one since Chriss was jettisoned (not that Chriss was any good, but he WAS an actual 4, rather than a 3 or a 5 masquerading as a 4).

2. Sarver needs to put his money where his mouth is and actually use the full MLE, BAE and Disabled Player Exception to improve the roster.

Spending money just to spend money would make us the Knicks. If we can add a piece that helps with the remaining funds available, great, but we shouldn't spend just to spend. All that does is create a high priced bench warmer. If there is a rotation piece out there for roughly $4 million, great, lets get them but we've already got a solid 9 man rotation right now.

Ayton - McGee
Crowder - Cam J
Mikal - Cam J
Booker - Shamet
Paul - Payne

That also gives us a little flexibility to get Jalen Smith some reps.

I'm totally fine with saving the DPE and a roster spot to add a piece later.
 

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After some thought, I have warmed to the McGee signing as Ayton's back-up (he DOES provide the rebounding, interior defense and rim protection we so desperately need), with 2 provisos:

1. We still need an actual 4. The roster doesn't have one and hasn't had one since Chriss was jettisoned (not that Chriss was any good, but he WAS an actual 4, rather than a 3 or a 5 masquerading as a 4).

2. Sarver needs to put his money where his mouth is and actually use the full MLE, BAE and Disabled Player Exception to improve the roster.
The McGhee and Shamit signings improve this roster…
 

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Spending money just to spend money would make us the Knicks. If we can add a piece that helps with the remaining funds available, great, but we shouldn't spend just to spend. All that does is create a high priced bench warmer. If there is a rotation piece out there for roughly $4 million, great, lets get them but we've already got a solid 9 man rotation right now.

Ayton - McGee
Crowder - Cam J
Mikal - Cam J
Booker - Shamet
Paul - Payne

That also gives us a little flexibility to get Jalen Smith some reps.

I'm totally fine with saving the DPE and a roster spot to add a piece later.

I do think the Knicks got a lot better with the added shooting of Evan Fournier and they keep Derrick Rose.
 

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Spending money just to spend money would make us the Knicks. If we can add a piece that helps with the remaining funds available, great, but we shouldn't spend just to spend. All that does is create a high priced bench warmer. If there is a rotation piece out there for roughly $4 million, great, lets get them but we've already got a solid 9 man rotation right now.

Ayton - McGee
Crowder - Cam J
Mikal - Cam J
Booker - Shamet
Paul - Payne

That also gives us a little flexibility to get Jalen Smith some reps.

I'm totally fine with saving the DPE and a roster spot to add a piece later.

Cam J proved last season he no longer has the strength or rebounding ability to play out of position at the 4. And Crowder was getting manhandled by larger 4s.

And Jalen Smith shouldn't see a single minute of action other than in a G League game until he can show he can at least hold his own in the G League.

In addition to a 4, we could still use another 2/3 that can create shots for himself and others, plus a third string point guard.

Plus signing other quality pieces gives us salaries to match in a trade to put us over the top.

It wouldn't be spending money just to spend money
 
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