Lakers free agency: JaVale McGee hoping to re-sign with Los Angeles

JaVale McGee wants to stay with the Lakers.

The 31-year-old center, who averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles, is set to enter free agency once again this summer. He said during an appearance Wednesday on “Undisputed” he enjoyed playing with star LeBron James and is hoping to return to the Lakers.

“Hopefully. That’s definitely a possibility,” McGee said. “But right now, obviously, I’m a free agent, so I don’t really know. But I love LA. LA was beautiful for me. I had my best averages, my best season playing alongside LeBron.

“It’s definitely a blessing being able to play for LA, but whatever is the best opportunity for me personally, I’m going to take it.”

Los Angeles opened 2018-19 with a 20-14 record before James strained his groin Dec. 25. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.

The Lakers also dealt with injuries to key role players — including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma — throughout the season. They ended up with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year.

“Injuries hurt our basketball team,” McGee said Wednesday. “We’d be in the playoffs if no one got injured. … I feel like we definitely could have made it to the Western Conference finals and met up with the Warriors (with a healthy LeBron James). Our whole season, we never got to mesh and blend.”

The Lakers will have max cap space this summer and they reportedly plan to pursue a second star to pair with James. They’ve already been linked to Kemba Walker and will reportedly attempt to trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis, as well.

Kyrie Irving has also become “more open” to signing with Los Angeles, according to an earlier report from ESPN.

Los Angeles holds the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.