The Denver Nuggets are reportedly offering restricted free-agent center JaVale McGee a five-year deal worth $50 million to stay with the team, but McGee wants to continue to negotiate, according to a report Friday morning from Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post.
McGee’s representatives don’t appear to be in a hurry to get a deal done and will continue to negotiate.
He made $2.4 million last season, spending the first half with the Washington Wizards before a trade sent him to the Nuggets for center Nene Hilario. Though his performance with the Wizards left a lot to be desired, he did become more productive of a player after the trade. In 20 games with the Nuggets, he averaged 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds and played a crucial role in pushing the Lakers to the brink of elimination in the first round of the 2012 playoffs, with the Nuggets eventually losing Game 7.
Because McGee is a restricted free-agent, the Nuggets have three days to match any competing offers that he receives.