- Javale McGee sold his Encino, Los Angeles home for $2.49M after the Lakers won the 2020 NBA title.
- McGee has a player option to return to the Lakers in 2021 but he could also opt out to sign a better deal elsewhere.
- He averaged 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game during the 2019-20 season.
If Javale McGee isn’t buying a new home in the next months, then he may be on his way out of Los Angeles.
McGee is among the several Lakers who could opt out of their contracts during upcoming offseason. And unlike Anthony Davis who is certainly returning next season, the future of McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, and Avery Bradley are still uncertain.
There are reports that KCP may be looking for a better offer elsewhere and that Rondo could return if he is amenable to a short-term deal. Meanwhile, Bradley could opt in to his contract after entirely missing the entire 2020 playoffs. However, there’s no word yet on what Javale McGee’s plan could be. Well, until now.
Javale Just Sold His L.A. Home
#Lakers center JaVale McGee recently sold his Los Angeles home that he originally bought from Marc Anthony for a sweet sum.https://t.co/SD1bglBBRn
— LakeShow (@LakeShowCP) October 20, 2020
The L.A. Times reported on Monday that McGee has sold his Medittteranean-style Encino home which he bought from Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Marc Anthony in 2015. According to the report, McGee sold the property to a buyer represented by Marc Nemetsky of the RFC Group for $2.49M.
McGee called that house his home for the last five years. After buying the property, McGee signed with the Golden State Warriors where he won two NBA titles. McGee moved to the Lakers in 2019, signing a two-year $8.4M deal to join LeBron James and the Purple and Gold last season. The second year of that contract is a player option for the 2020-21 season worth $4.1M. That means that McGee can decide to become a free agent this offseason and sign a bigger deal in L.A. or elsewhere.
Sure, McGee made a profit of $70K from selling that property and that’s cool but unless he’s moving in to a new home in L.A. or is planning to buy one, then that could be a sign that he is going somewhere. Could his time in Los Angles be over?
Lesser Role This Season
[email protected] and @JaValeMcGee were consummate pros during the Lakers’ championship run, writes @EtanThomas36. Even when they weren’t playing, Howard and McGee remained positive, supported their teammates and stayed ready in case their number was called: https://t.co/oY6cmWoCx2
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) October 17, 2020
McGee signed with the Lakers in 2019 and he immediately had one of his best seasons ever. He scored a total of 897 points during the 2018-19 season, his best ever production. His scoring average of 12.0 points per game was a career-high and only the 4th double-digit scoring season of his 14 year NBA career. McGee also averaged 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game last season.
But after the Lakers signed Dwight Howard during the previous offseason, McGee found himself playing a lesser role with the team this season. Although he kept his starting job, he played in six less minutes per game this past season as he shared the middle with Howard. As a result, his regular season numbers went down this season.
Javale’s minutes even went down during the playoffs as the Lakers matched up with smaller teams and used Anthony Davis more at the slot. He saw action in just a total of 14 playoff games with 11 starts and averaged only 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 9.6 minutes of playing time per game.
Key To Lakers’ Success
Despite seeing limited action during the postseason, McGee was key to the Lakers’ success during the 2019-20 regular season. He played in a total of 68 of the Lakers’ 71 regular season games, all of them starts and was among Frank Vogel’s main rotation players.
McGee averaged 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game in 16.6 minutes per game this past season. He was tied for 12th in the league in blocks at 1.4 swats per game, ranking next to Anthony Davis on the Lakers in that statistical department. McGee was fourth in the team in rebounding behind AD, LBJ, and Dwight Howard. He also shot .637 from the floor, second-best in the team behind Howard.
He ranked first in the team in defensive rating at 101 points per 100 possessions and was third in Player Efficiency Rating behind the Lakers’ two All-Stars at 19.4. Meanwhile, McGee’s total win shares of 4.7 was fourth overall in the Lakers behind James, Davis, and Howard.