The Utah Jazz continued their spending spree on forwards who can play multiple positions while stretching the floor by signing Jeff Green to a one year $2.5 million contract. The report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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
Jeff Green averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists a game while shooting 35% from three. He also shot 38% from three in catch and shoot opportunities last year with the Washington Wizards.
The move presumably will allow Utah to move Joe Ingles to the bench and have Jeff Green play “token” starter minutes at the four. While Utah’s most used lineup will probably be Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Rudy Gobert, Jeff Green allows Joe Ingles to not have to wear himself down during the regular season. Bogdanovic won’t have to spend significant time getting beaten up by larger power forwards.
Jeff Green will most likely start similar to Derrick Favors did with Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale being the first off the bench. One would assume Jeff Green will play about 15-20 minutes a game.
Jeff Green gets a bad rap but as long as he’s a role player on your team rather than a 30-34 minute per game, he’s a great player to have in your rotation.