CLEVELAND — While Andre Drummond has been on the trade block for more than a month, it's another Cleveland Cavaliers center who finds himself on the move ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Cavs have finalized a deal to send JaVale McGee to the Denver Nuggets.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs will receive center Isaiah Hartenstein, as well as two future protected second-round picks in exchange for McGee. Acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the start of the 2020-21 NBA season, the 33-year-old McGee appeared in 33 games (one start) for Cleveland, averaging 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.
As for Hartenstein, the 22-year-old 7-footer has appeared in 30 games this center, averaging 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game. Selected by the Houston Rockets in the second-round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Hartenstein has a $1.7 million player option on his contract for next season and would be slated to hit restricted free agency in 2022.
Even after trading McGee, the Cavs figure to remain active heading into Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline. In addition to Drummond, forwards Cedi Osman and Taurean Prince have been speculated to be trade targets for other teams.
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