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Sixers Agree to Waive JaVale McGee

Center JaVale McGee was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline less than two weeks ago. The Nuggets weren’t having much success this season but it wasn’t as bad as things are in Philly.

Fortunately for McGee, the Sixers have agreed to waive him so that he can sign with a playoff team. Players that are waived by March 1st become free agents and are eligible to sign with a playoff team.

McGee is expected to draw interest from contenders once he clears waivers. Via ESPN:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Sixers, after their loss Sunday night at Indiana, consented to waive McGee before the midnight deadline that makes McGee eligible to appear in the playoffs this season with another team.

Once he clears waivers this week, McGee will become a free agent. He initially said upon being dealt to the Sixers that he did not want a buyout, but ESPN.com reported Sunday that McGee’s representatives were on the hunt to find a team interested in signing the 7-footer.

The Sixers took on the substantial remaining money on McGee’s contract from the Denver Nuggets on trade-deadline day in a deal that also netted them a future first-round pick. McGee has played sparingly since joining Philadelphia and realistically had no future there, given the presence of young center Nerlens Noel and two highly rated frontcourt lottery picks, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, who have yet to play for Philadelphia.

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