To pay or not pay JaVale McGee. That question surely kept the Washington Wizards decision makers up at night before they decided to trade the physically gifted, but roll your eyescausing center before the NBA's trade deadline.The Denver Nuggets surely had a similar debate. In the end, the Mile Highers decided to take the plunge. McGee received a four-year, 44 million contract, Yahoo reported. The agile 7-footer tweeted out the news with a picture of him signing up to be a very wealthy man."Just signed with Denver, could not be happier! Thank you to the Kroenke family and the fans for their support," McGee tweeted, thanking the Nuggets' owners.Now the comparisons with Nene truly begin.While there was some sense McGee could receive a fifth year, the total dollars are in line with expectations based on recent contracts handed out to the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and other centers. Bottom line,big men get paid, even those with a penchant for full-court dribbling and general knuckle headedness.The Wizards knew what their former first-round pick had coming financially. They also knew which waythe franchise's direction was headed with the array of immature characters in the locker room. Rather than potentially make another Andre Blatche extension decision, the Wizardsgave themoney - and as it turns out, a little bit more - to Nene.The 29-year-oldBrazilian has four years left on his original five-year contract and will earn 13 million during each season. In essence, Nene will receive 2 million more per season than McGee.We know the Wizards responded positively once Nene's professionalism and diverse scoring movesjoined the mix. In fairness, McGee posted solid numbers with the Nuggets and shined against Lakers center Andrew Bynum in the playoffs. Maybe McGee, playing under non-nonsense coach George Karl, has learned right from wrong. We'll see. Regardless, do I imagine the Wizards will regret having answered the pay or not pay JaVale question the way they did?Can't say I do.
Nuggets hand McGee 4-year, 44 million contract
July 19, 2012, 4:40 am