The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million to free agent froward Jeff Green, according to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt.
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Green, a 30-year-old journeyman forward, played for the Magic last season, where he averaged nine points per game on sub-.400 shooting from the field and sub-.300 shooting from downtown.
He was selected No. 5 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, but never emerged as the star many pegged him to become given his physical gifts as a combo forward. Green spent his heyday in Boston, where he posted a career-high 17.6 points before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2014-15 season.
Green joins a Cavaliers team that dominated the Eastern Conference playoffs before being wiped out by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. He projects to serve in a reserve role behind a starting core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
Defensively, he soars into the paint for blocks, bodies up despite his wiry frame, and crashes for every 50/50 ball, a la Gerald Wallace. On offense, Jackson can do it all. He can take his man off the dribble for fading mid-range jumpers and blow by defenders to finish at the rim. The knock on him was his perimeter shooting, but he shot decently from deep at Kansas and at least flashed the ability to knock down the open three-point shot in Vegas.
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