The Wizards have many free agents, but one of the key players on last year’s team who I didn’t write much about was Jeff Green. This wasn’t because I intentionally overlooked him. Rather, it’s because I felt his departure was inevitable.
On Tuesday evening, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi reported that Green will sign a one-year $2.5 million contract with the Utah Jazz.
Free agent Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year, $2.5M deal with Utah, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2019
Since this deal is for the veteran’s minimum, NBA legend Dwyane Wade wondered if Green is selling himself short.
I do NOT understand how and why Jeff Green keep signing these 1 year deals for the minimum. This is now 3 years in a row. He’s never injured, He’s never been a problem in the locker room, He’s athletic, he can shoot the 3, he can guard multiple positions and he’s not old ♂️.— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 3, 2019
Last season, Green averaged 12.3 points and 1.8 assists per game on a Wizards squad that needed his presence more than he needed them. With Utah, he will play alongside a squad that features star guard Donovan Mitchell and Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert,
The Jazz made the 2019 NBA Playoffs last season where they lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round. Houston is at a crossroads in terms of where they will go, but the Jazz are trending up so Green’s addition could give Utah a boost in coming seasons. Though Green could have made more money somewhere else, he is looking to play on a team where he can contribute to a long playoff run.
Thank you for keeping things afloat Jeff!