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Warriors complete roster by bringing JaVale McGee back

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JaVale McGee severely outplayed LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
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The only player to win an NBA championship with a rat tail will be back on the Golden State Warriors for the 2017-18 season.

According to a report by ESPN’s Chris Haynes, JaVale McGee and the Dubs agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.

The team is returning 12 players from last year’s team with Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes making way for Omri Casspi, Nick Young and Jordan Bell.

Despite not starting for most of the season, McGee was a beast according to stats that measure efficiency and output at a per-minute basis.

Of course, those numbers don’t tell the whole story of McGee. But it’s hard to argue he didn’t have a positive impact in his one season with the Warriors.

What made him so effective — aside from his otherworldly athleticism for a seven-footer — was head coach Steve Kerr’s strategy to use McGee in short 5-6 minute spurts, allowing the big man to expend all of his energy and change the pace of the game.

For McGee, a return to the Warriors means he’ll be back in a favored position to be a multi-time champion — a testament to the amount of work he put in to get back into the league after a leg injury threatened his career.

It’ll also be a reunion with his friend, Young, who McGee played with when they were both on the Washington Wizards.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

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