JaVale McGee Trade Grades

By: Ravneet Singh

This trade is a perfect example of a salary dump trade. Here are the details of the Sixers’ trade to get JaVale McGee.

Philadelphia 76ers

Received: JaVale McGee, Thunder’s 2015 1st Round Pick (top 18 protected), rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum

The Sixers have been near the bottom of the league when it comes to spending in recent years, and this year is no different. They had to get JaVale McGee’s ugly contract to try to reach the minimum spending amount for a team (over $11 million this year). However, they STILL have not reached the minimum amount to a team is supposed to spend.

JaVale has been disappointing at his time in Denver over the last two years. He has had trouble staying healthy, and he hasn’t really improved since his time with George Karl. So far the Sixers are not going to buy him out, but they also know that he is not part of their future. Anytime you get a pick it is a good trade, but nothing spectacular to see here.

Grade: C

Denver Nuggets

Received: Rights to Cenk Akyol

If you haven’t heard of Cenk, then you are not alone my friend. He was drafted back in 2005 and plays the two and three. He’s most likely never going to play in the NBA. This trade was simply a salary dumb for the Nuggets. They owe him over $23 million over the next two years. After this move the Nuggets are the second lowest spending team in the league behind the team they traded with. A salary dumb is a good move for a team that is trying to rebuild, especially when trading a player that was definitely overpaid.

Grade: C+