Reports: Cavs trade JaVale McGee to Denver for Isaiah Hartenstein, two second-round picks

JaVale McGee
Posted at 10:34 AM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-25 10:34:24-04

CLEVELAND — Today is the NBA trade deadline, and the Cleveland Cavaliers got to work early, sending center JaVale McGee to the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

As part of the reported trade, the Cavs will receive 22-year-old center Isaiah Hartenstein and a 2027 unprotected second-round pick, plus a 2023 protected second-round pick, which is protected through No. 46.

The Cavs acquired McGee in November in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, sending Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie to the Lakers as part of the deal. They will be acquiring a 2026 second-round draft pick from the Lakers.

Last season with the Lakers, McGee averaged 5.7 rebounds and 6.6 points. During his 12-year career, McGee has averaged 5.1 rebounds and 7.9 points. McGee won his third NBA Championship last season, with the Lakers, after winning two with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

In the 33 games he's played with the Cavs, McGee has averaged eight points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 15.2 minutes.

Hartenstein, 22 years old and in his third season in the NBA, played in Houston from 2018-2019 and then signed a multi-year contract with the Nuggets in November. Hartenstein impressed in the G League and has shown his ability to provide solid finishes at the rim and impressive rebounding.