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The Mavericks should have cut JaVale McGee long ago

The Dallas Mavericks announced Tuesday that they waived veteran center JaVale McGee. He was supposed to be Dallas’ marquee free agent signing in 2022, with head coach Jason Kidd awarding him a starting position before the ink was dry on his three-year, $20.1 million contract, but things never panned out for McGee and the Mavs.

Cutting ties with McGee during the dead of summer, seemingly as an afterthought, is a fitting way to dismiss a virtually nonexistent player who returned to Dallas last season.