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Lakers Trade Javale McGee To Cavaliers

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  • Lakers Trade Javale McGee To Cavaliers

    The Lakers are set to send center JaVale McGee and a 2026 second-round draft pick to the Cavaliers. Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell will be headed to Los Angeles in the deal.

    McGee has a $4.2MM cap charge for 2020/21, which the Cavaliers have no way to absorb without sending out some salary themselves. He averaged 6.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in 69 games last season.

    McKinnie ($1.76MM) and Bell ($1.76MM) are currently on non-guaranteed deals, but their salaries will have to be at least partially guaranteed to make the deal work. The Cavs have to send out about $2.34MM and non-guaranteed money doesn’t count for salary-matching purposes. The Lakers will guarantee $580,000 of Bell's salary, waive him and use the stretch provision to space the money owed to him over the next three years. McKinnie's contract has been fully guaranteed, and he will begin the season on the Lakers' roster.