Thursday March 5th, 2015

The Boston Celtics will not sign free-agent center JaVale McGee because the two sides could not agree to a contract, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.

According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the sides could not agree on an option for the 2015-16 season. Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics wanted it to be a team option, and McGee wanted a player option.

Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that the team was close to signing McGee to a deal that would run through the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors were also reportedly interested in signing McGee.

The Philadelphia 76ers waived McGee on Monday after he was traded from the Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline. McGee had until Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET to clear waivers. 

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As a condition of being waived, McGee won’t give up any of the $12 million he is due next season or the remainder of the $11.25 million he is owed for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

McGee, 27, played in six games for the 76ers, averaging three points and 2.2 rebounds a game. For the season, he is averaging 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in only 23 games after missing more than 30 games because of a leg injury.

- Scooby Axson and Sarah Barshop

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