Cavs trade center Javale McGee to Denver

J.B. Bickerstaff

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cavs kicked off NBA trade deadline day with a minor deal, sending backup center Javale McGee to Denver for center Isaiah Hartenstein and two second-round picks.

The deal also gets Cleveland $6.3 million under the NBA luxury tax.

MdGee, 33, averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Cavs. He joined Cleveland in the offseason after winning a title with the Lakers.

This will be McGee’s second stint with the Nuggets, the first was 2011-14.

All told, McGee has played for 7 NBA teams in 15 seasons.

Hartenstein, 22, is making just $1.6 million this season and $1.7 million next season. He’ll presumably serve as the backup to Jarrett Allen.

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