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JaVale McGee has another funny diss of Shaq

JaVale McGee

It may not be as savage as it was in years past, but JaVale McGee is going after his longtime adversary once again.

The new Phoenix Suns center appeared this week on “Club Shay Shay” with Shannon Sharpe. During the episode, Sharpe asked McGee to name his top three NBA rappers of all-time. McGee picked Damian Lillard, Allen Iverson, and Lou Williams. When Sharpe responded incredulously that McGee had left Shaquille O’Neal off his list, McGee got in a funny diss.

“He went platinum off fame,” he replied. “I wouldn’t say, like, lyrics.”

McGee does have a point. O’Neal released four albums in the 1990s, one of which was certified platinum by the RIAA and another that was certified gold. But O’Neal’s elite ability to market himself was likely a much bigger reason for their success than his bars alone. McGee is also well-educated on the topic, having actually been nominated for a Grammy last year.

The two big men obviously a very long history of beef, dating back to when O’Neal used to clown McGee on his “Shaqtin’ A Fool” segment for making boneheaded plays. Their feud once got so heated that their mothers had to get involved to put an end to it. Hopefully, O’Neal does not take McGee’s shot at his lyrical prowess as personally this time.

JaVale McGee shares his preference between LeBron James and Stephen Curry

JaVale McGee

LeBron James and Stephen Curry are arguably the two greatest players of this generation of NBA basketball. One mutual teammate has a preference between the two in one regard though.

During an “Ask Me Anything” session for Bleacher Report this week, new Phoenix Suns big man JaVale McGee received a question asking who he enjoyed playing with more between James and Curry.

“I would probably say LeBron the first year I was on the Lakers,” he replied.

McGee won NBA titles with both players, doing so with Curry in 2017 and 2018, then with James in 2020. For what it’s worth, McGee had perhaps the best season and the biggest role of his career in his first year with the Lakers in 2018-19. He averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. That compares to just 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game over two seasons with Curry in Golden State.

While they did have a bit of a checkered past before becoming teammates, James clearly helped get the best out of McGee in Los Angeles.

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Phoenix Suns announce signing of Olympic gold medalist

JaVale McGee

The Phoenix Suns have added an Olympic champion to their roster.

The Suns on Monday announced that they have signed center JaVale McGee. McGee’s deal was originally reported to be for one year at $5 million.

The 33-year-old center split time between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets last season. He played 33 games for the Cavs before being traded to the Nuggets in late March. The trade marked a return for McGee to Denver, as he also played there from 2011-2015.

McGee averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 14.7 minutes per game last season. He was a surprise late addition to the US Olympic team, where he joined new teammate Devin Booker in a gold medal effort in Tokyo. During the Olympics, McGee scored 25 points over 20 minutes in four games.

The Suns will be McGee’s eighth NBA team.

Javale McGee traded to Nuggets from Cavs

JaVale McGee

The Cleveland Cavaliers have found a trade partner for JaVale McGee, and it is one that is quite familiar to the veteran center.

McGee is headed back to the Denver Nuggets, according to multiple reports. The Cavs are getting 22-year-old big man Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round draft picks in the deal.

There was speculation earlier this month that McGee could return to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that would have required a more complicated deal. McGee would have had to be traded by the Cavs to a third team and then bought out in order for him to return to L.A. The Lakers would otherwise be ineligible to re-acquire McGee after trading him to Cleveland in November.

McGee, 33, is averaging 8.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season. He previously played for Denver from 2012-2015.

The Nuggets entered Thursday with a record of 26-18 and in fifth place in the Western Conference. McGee should provide them with some nice frontcourt depth.

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JaVale McGee could return to Lakers?

JaVale McGee

The Los Angeles Lakers could be getting their secret weapon back just in time for the stretch run of the season.

Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday that veteran big man JaVale McGee shares interest with the Lakers in a potential reunion. Woike notes however that McGee would have to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to a third team and then bought out in order for him to return. The Lakers would otherwise be ineligible to re-acquire McGee after trading him to Cleveland in November.

McGee, 33, is a misfit on the sub-.500 Cavs, especially after they landed 22-year-old Jarrett Allen to soak up most of the minutes at center. The Lakers are hurting for size with Anthony Davis out and Marc Gasol, whom they traded McGee to create room for, visibly in decline. Journeyman Damian Jones started at center in the Lakers’ final game before the All-Star break.

The Lakers are also eyeing seven-footers elsewhere in the league. But McGee is already acquainted with the team’s style, having played the previous two seasons with them, including their NBA championship victory. He had also accepted and flourished in a limited role for the Lakers, making him an attractive option if he can make it through the procedural hoops first.

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Nets trying to acquire JaVale McGee?

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee already has three NBA championship rings. Now the Brooklyn Nets could be giving him an opportunity to go after No. 4.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported on Monday that the Nets are interested in acquiring the Cleveland Cavaliers big man. Jason Dumas of KRON4 News took it a step further. He reported that Brooklyn is in “active” discussions with the Cavs to acquire the seven-footer McGee.

The 33-year-old McGee has looked good in limited time for Cleveland this season. He holds averages of 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 16.8 minutes per game. McGee also provides interior defense and energy that the Nets sorely lack, especially off the bench. What is more is that he won back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018 with Nets star Kevin Durant on the Golden State Warriors.

Brooklyn still has three open roster spots after sending out four players to acquire James Harden. Big man Norvel Pelle is set to get one of those spots. But the Nets also have a taxpayer midlevel exception plus a disabled player exception for Spencer Dinwiddie to target a player like McGee with. McGee in Brooklyn could also lead to some juicy Eastern Conference playoff drama.

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JaVale McGee got nominated for Grammy Award

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee is already a three-time NBA champion. Now he may be adding Grammy Award winner to his illustrious professional resume.

The Cleveland Cavaliers big man announced over the weekend that he had been nominated for a Grammy. McGee is credited as a producer on Justin Bieber’s “Changes.” The project is in the running for Best Pop Vocal Album.

McGee, who was just acquired by the Cavs in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, contributed to the sixth track on Bieber’s album, which is entitled “Available.” He did so under his music name, Pierre. McGee also released a solo rap album in 2018.

NBA players have come out with some pretty bad music in recent years. Thus, McGee’s Grammy-worthy exploits are certainly a breath of fresh air.

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JaVale McGee bids farewell to Lakers in Instagram message

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee bid farewell to the Los Angeles Lakers with an Instagram message on Friday.

McGee was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a month after helping the Lakers win the championship.

“I want to thank Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss for the opportunity to be the starting center of the World Champion Lakers for the past two years. We set out w/ one goal in mind and accomplished it! I’m excited for this new journey w/ the Cavs and can’t wait to bring the pedigree and caliber of play to the city of Cleveland that the fans will be proud of! Pierre 3Xs signing out!” McGee wrote.

“Pierre” is McGee’s nickname. The reference to “3X” has to do with the three championships he has won during his career (two with Golden State and one with the Lakers).

McGee, 32, accepted a reduced role with the Lakers last season as he split time with Dwight Howard. He averaged 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes per game. His chances of winning a fourth championship will drop drastically moving from the Lakers to the Cavs.

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Lakers trade JaVale McGee to create space for Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

The Toronto Raptors are losing all their big men to Los Angeles teams.

On Saturday, Serge Ibaka agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. And on Sunday, it was Marc Gasol agreeing to sign with the Lakers.

The Lakers made a move in order to create room for Gasol, as they traded center JaVale McGee to Cleveland. That allowed them to sign Gasol. The signing comes as no surprise given reports tied Gasol to the Lakers.

Gasol was originally drafted by the Lakers but was traded to Memphis as part of a trade involving his brother. Now 35 and towards the end of his career, Gasol averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Toronto last season.

The Lakers continue to have a strong offseason after winning the championship. They lost Dwight Howard, McGee, Danny Green, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. But they brought in Dennis Schroder, Gasol and Wes Matthews, while re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and trying to bring back Markieff Morris.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

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JaVale McGee throws some shade at Giannis Antetokounmpo after Lakers win

Giannis Antetokounmpo

JaVale McGee threw a little shade at Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night to win the championship.

The Lakers winning the championship meant that Kostas Antetokounmpo, a reserve for the Lakers, got a championship ring. He became an NBA champion before his brother, Giannis. And Giannis has won two NBA MVP awards!

McGee reminded those watching his Instagram Live Sunday about that fact.

“Y’all talk about the Greek Freak. (Kostas) is the first one to win it! He’s the first one to win it! He’s the first one with a ring!” McGee said in the video.

McGee was celebrating and gets a bit of a pass for the trash talk.

But how does Giannis feel about things? He’s probably ecstatic for Kostas, but also a little jealous deep down. Kostas did at least represent their home country during the Lakers’ celebration.