There is no doubt in my mind that JaVale's #1 influencer is his Mom. She is looking out for her son and truly believes he will be the face of the NBA. (what us fans think is irrelevant).
POTENTIAL bad news for the Wizards: If Momma McGee feels that the Wizards are toying with her son, then she might actually advise JaVale to sign his one year qualifying offer and become an Unrestricted Free Agent after next year. YIKES!. I cannot fathom having a gifted Center here for 5 years and then he leaves without the Wizards GETTING A THING. Not even a second round pick.
What's the downside? JaVale delaying a $48million/ 4 year contract for a year.
What's HIS upside? In 2 years JaVale can play for any team in the NBA. He can basically tell the Wizards to kiss an area that the sun doesn't shine.
If JaVale signs his one year qualifying offer then the only thing that the Wizards could hope for is that someone would be willing to give him a Max 5 year contract so that they could possibly get some draft picks from a sign and trade.
Before we think this is crazy just remember that JaVale probably has upwards of $4 million sitting in his bank account. He is already financially set for LIFE. He wants to be great. His Momma wants him to be great. They are going to look out for his future. Momma McGee is a National Champion and former WNBA player. I don't think she is going to let her son settle for money, but be in a bad position.
If JaVale becomes a great Center I want my Washington Wizards to be the place where it happens. I am not confident in the Upper Management and coaching staff to make sure that JaVale is happy and growing as a center.
Ted and Ernie please do not screw this up.