Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sixers snag McGee from Nuggets

From a Nuggets team release: the club has traded center JaVale McGee to the Philadelphia 76ers.

 The Nuggets will also send a protected 2015 first-round pick, via Oklahoma City, and the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum to Philadelphia in exchange for the rights to Cenk Akyol.

McGee had appeared in just 17 games for the Nuggets this season and was averaging 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. He played only five games in 2013-14 because of a stress fracture in his left tibia.

The Nevada product signed a multi-year deal with Denver in July 2012 after being acquired by the Nuggets from Washington a few months earlier. He is owed $12 million for next year and owns career averages of 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 376 games.

Maduabum was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 56th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft before his rights were traded to Denver in a draft-night deal. He most recently appeared in four games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Akyol, a 27-year-old guard from Turkey, was originally selected by Atlanta with the 59th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. He plays for Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League and has averaged 6.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game this season.

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