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Nuggets Re-Sign Center JaVale McGee

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JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets shoots against Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets shoots against Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Nuggets have re-signed free agent center JaVale McGee to a multiyear contract, fulfilling one of their top offseason priorities.

Masai Ujiri, Denver’s executive vice president of basketball operations made the announcement Wednesday night. Yahoo Sports reported the deal was for $44 million over four years.

The 24-year-old 7-footer averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.16 blocked shots in 61 games last year for the Washington Wizards and the Nuggets, who acquired him in the Nene deal in mid-March.

McGee had two huge games against the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs, prompting coach George Karl to say: “I don’t think I’ve ever coached a guy like this. He has the moves of a 6-6 player.”

Earlier this summer, the Nuggets also re-signed free agent point guard Andre Miller.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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