Report: JaVale McGee exercises 2020-21 option to stay with Lakers

JaVale McGee
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – DECEMBER 4: LeBron James #23, JaVale McGee #7 and Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers smile and celebrate from the bench against the Utah Jazz on December 4, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

One of the Los Angeles Lakers’ championship pieces is officially returning to the team next season. Starting center JaVale McGee will reportedly exercise his player option to remain with the team next year, his third with the purple and gold. McGee will earn $4.2 million for the 2020-21 season. The news was first reported by Shams Charania and The Athletic.

McGee started all 68 regular-season games he appeared in last season, averaging 6.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in 16.6 minutes played per game. The 32-year-old made 63.7% of his shot attempts and was a major part of the Lakers’ stellar defense with his rim production to the tune 1.4 blocks per game.

McGee did not feature heavily in the postseason, however, with the Lakers usually choosing to play Anthony Davis at center for the majority of their minutes and going small when he sat. The big man played in 14 games but averaged just 9.6 minutes in those appearances with three of them coming off the bench. McGee obviously has major limitations that make him a liability at times in the playoffs but the Nevada product’s main value to the Lakers has been keeping Davis fresh for the playoffs.

McGee will be chasing his fourth championship in five years and his second with the Lakers in the upcoming season.

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