Former Celtics champion pleads for Lakers to bring back JaVale McGee

Peter Dewey
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Former NBA player and current NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins thinks that the Los Angeles Lakers may need to bring back a familiar face.

After the Lakers struggled in pick-and-roll scenarios with Marc Gasol against the Chicago Bulls, Perkins suggested that Los Angeles should bring back JaVale McGee.

McGee was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers this past offseason to allow the Lakers to bring in Gasol.

While McGee is a solid defender, he doesn’t stretch the floor like Gasol does on offense. Gasol is also a great playmaker from the center position.

Still, McGee’s defensive presence cannot be underestimated. Last season, he averaged 1.4 blocks per game for the Lakers.

While Los Angeles would have a hard time trading for McGee without giving up a rotation player, it could bring him back if the Cavs decide to buy out his contract during this season.

That may be unlikely, as Cleveland has started this season well, and McGee is averaging 9.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game.

As for Gasol, he is averaging 4.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in his first 10 games as a Laker.

Los Angeles will likely be fine defensively, especially when Anthony Davis is healthy, but Perkins does raise an interesting point.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.