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Willie Green
Willie Green
Position: G
Born: 07/28/81
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:201 lbs. / 91.2 kg.
The Magic acquired Green so he could contribute off the bench and serve as a role model and mentor to the team’s youngsters. Green was a positive influence in the Magic locker room, especially for Maurice Harkless, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton. “I talk to Willie every day,” Harkless said in March. “Willie’s definitely somebody that I talk to whenever I get frustrated. He’s the one to talk to. It’s always Willie.”
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Although he’ll turn 34 years old on July 28, Green wants to continue playing. “I feel like I still have a good maybe three or four years — who knows? — or even more,” he said. “It’s no secret that I met with [GM] Rob [Hennigan] and I met with the coaches and stuff here, and I expressed to them that I’m definitely open to being back here in Orlando,” Green said. “I like the foundation that the team has. I like our young fellas, and I think I can help them on and off the floor. So if the possibility is open, then I’m definitely open to exploring it.”
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Even if that requires accepting a reduction in minutes to let Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton get a better feel for one another, Green appears willing to oblige. “I’m definitely open to being back here in Orlando,” he said. I like the foundation that the team has. “I like our young fellas, and I think I can help them on and off the floor. So if that possibility is open, then I’m definitely open to exploring it.”
Green will have a choice to make this offseason. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he indicated he’s open to remaining with the Magic. “Like I’ve said before, this is a great possibility for me to come back here,” Green said. “Obviously, I would have to talk it over with my representatives and Rob [Hennigan] and Scott Perry. But I like what I see. I like where it’s going here in this organization, and I still feel like I have something to offer to the game.”
The following players, per league sources, are also considered likely buyout candidates if they are not traded by the deadline: Andrea Bargnani (New York); Brandon Bass, Tayshaun Prince and Marcus Thornton (Boston); Andrei Kirilenko (Philadelphia); Willie Green (Orlando); Randy Foye and Darrell Arthur (Denver).
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Green said in a perfect world he will play “two-to-three more years,’’ and that will only come if his body continues to feel strong and his wife and children approve. Then, he’ll likely head into coaching basketball at some level. Teammate Nikola Vucevic thinks that Green will someday be a highly successful coach because of his ability to communicate with players young and old in the locker room. “He has the personality for it and he has the basketball knowledge and he knows what it takes,’’ Vucevic said. “I think he can really be good at it someday. He has a really good relationship with guys. You can tell that he really tries to talk to all of the young guys here like myself. And you know when he tells you something it’s coming from somebody who knows a lot about the game. So I think he’ll definitely be a great coach some day.’’
David Aldridge: Who polices the locker room? CP: Oh, man, it’s a little bit of everybody. A little bit of everybody. We really have a team. I think two of the people on our team that people don’t talk about much, but have two of the biggest voices — whenever they say something, everybody listens — is Willie Green and Antawn Jamison. Those guys don’t play much, haven’t played in a few games, but they work hard, and they pay attention to everything.
“The last six months have really been a group effort with our executive committee,” said Mason who is without a team but plans to sign with a team before the season begins. “I don’t know if our committee has ever been this close and diligent. It’s a lot of time. Jerry and James and Andre and Willie, Stephen, Chris Paul, Matt Bonner – those guys have been engaged. I think we have a great team right now. I just look forward to helping lead that charge.”