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Mavericks waive JaVale McGee year after signing him to start

DALLAS -- The Mavericks waived center JaVale McGee on Tuesday, about a year after signing him as a free agent to a three-year contract with plans for him to start.

McGee started seven of the first nine games but fell out of the rotation about a month into the season and played sparingly the rest of the way.

The Mavericks missed the postseason a year after reaching the Western Conference finals. A midseason trade to pair Kyrie Irving with fellow All-Star Luka Doncic didn't provide a spark, although Dallas re-signed Irving in the offseason.