The rumors started Monday morning, hours before Warriors centers Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli combined for 30 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots in a loss to the Nets in Brooklyn.
Would the Warriors go after JaVale McGee?
The answer is, by all appearances, they're pondering exactly that. Multiple reports say the Warriors are interested. A Warriors' source on Tuesday declined to address the matter, which usually means the situation remains fluid.
McGee, 27, is a free agent after being waived Sunday by the 76ers, who two weeks ago acquired him from the Nuggets. The eighth-year veteran has a history of making curious decisions on the court, leaving many to question his judgment and maturity.
The mindlessness of McGee is the subject of numerous YouTube videos, examples of the primary reason he has played for three different teams without establishing himself as a starter.
But there is this: McGee is a gifted athlete who happens to be 7 feet tall.
So it’s conceivable, that the Warriors, perhaps uneasy about entering the playoffs with the Bogut/Ezeli tandem at center, are among the teams evaluating the addition of McGee, who would be eligible for the postseason.
The Warriors would have to conclude McGee would fit on a team so dependent on its chemistry and basketball intellect. Do the Warriors believe there is more to gain that to lose, that their sturdy locker room could seamlessly integrate someone like McGee?
If so, they very well could make the move. McGee, regardless of where he lands, reportedly will receive from the 76ers the remainder of his $11.25 million salary this season as well as $12 million next season.
So there is that. He's going sign somewhere and he'll be cheap. Whether it's the Warriors will be answered in the coming days, if not hours.