In the hour before the Heat defeated Utah 107-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Jazz traded point guard Dante Exum to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson. In the moments following that defeat, the Jazz waived forward Jeff Green, sources told The Athletic. And in the moments following that, the Jazz signed shooting guard Rayjon Tucker to a guaranteed deal for the remainder of the season. The flurry of moves can be traced to one constant, according to league sources: The Jazz have not been happy with their bench play.
Utah loved Green’s professionalism, sources say. But, at this point, the Jazz wanted to clear minutes for Georges Niang because of his shooting and the threat it poses to opposing teams. The Jazz are also very happy with rookie Jarrell Brantley, according to sources. Brantley, a 6-foot-7 power forward, has been a significant force for the G League Salt Lake City Stars. He’s currently on a two-way deal. And while minutes with the Jazz aren’t imminent, the Jazz clearly see him as a potential rotation player at some point.
Tony Jones: BREAKING: The Utah Jazz are waiving Jeff Green, league sources tell myself and @ShamsCharania.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Tucker, undrafted out of Arkansas-Little Rock, made a strong impression on several teams at G-League Showcase. He'll get a guaranteed deal for rest of season, per sources. Utah waiving Jeff Green to create roster spot, per source.
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed center/forward Ed Davis, forward Jeff Green and guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.
Tony Jones: The signings of Jeff green, Emmanuel Mudiay and Ed Davis are imminent, League Sources tell The Athletic
Bobby Marks: Utah used $2.7M in cap space and split it between: Miye One, Stanton Kidd and William Howard. Each were signed to a three-year pact with a partial on Kidd and Howard. Expect Ed Davis, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jeff Green now to sign.
Dwyane Wade: 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 🤷🏾♂️.
Tony Jones: Jeff Green has multiple suitors, League Sources tell The Athletic....a significant reason he picked the Utah Jazz is because of his relationship with Mike Conley, according to sources. The two played together in Memphis
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year, $2.5M deal with Utah, league sources tell ESPN.
Someone who could be a cheap addition and address the holes at small forward and length is veteran small forward Jeff Green, who is also of interest to Detroit.
At 32 years old (he turns 33 in August), Green does not prefer being a basketball nomad. He would like to stay with the Wizards this summer as he aims for a new contract in free agency. "I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]."
But with a new front office leadership structure set to be installed, certainty isn't offered for anyone. For Green, the Wizards' new general manager will need to evaluate whether he was part of their problems. While Green probably exceeded expectations this season, he was on the floor when the team struggled to rebound the ball and defend just like his teammates were. The Wizards were 27th in the NBA in defensive rating this season at 112.8, according to NBA.com. Green's defensive rating was 112.6. The Wizards and Green may ultimately not prove a fit in the eyes of the new GM. If that is the case, Green could move on to play in a new city, the ninth of his career.
Shams Charania: Sources: Free agent Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year, $2.5M deal with the Washington Wizards.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Jeff Green, the team announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Brian Windhorst: LeBron James had active conversations with Jeff Green before decision to sign with Cavs, sources said.
Jeff Zillgitt: Cavs have reached a deal with free-agent forward Jeff Green, I'm told.
The new-look Orlando Magic are hoping to get the Jeff Green that they got to see at his absolute best last season while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. It was Jan. 25 of last season and Green proved to be a one-man wrecking crew for the Grizzlies in their 108-102 overtime defeat of the Magic in Memphis. With the Magic leading 100-96 in the final seconds, Green converted a dunk, stole the inbounds pass and hit a buzzer-beating jumper to send the game into OT. In the extra period, Green put the finishing touches on a 30-point, eight-rebound masterpiece that showed the allure that teams have looked for from him throughout his eight years in the NBA.
John Denton: New @Orlando Magic F Jeff Green will wear No. 34. He joked that his 30-pt game vs. ORL in Jan might have had something to do w/ his signing.
The Clippers wanted Green back, sources said, but now the capped-out franchise could have a hard time finding his replacement. Green had discussed some multiyear options but wanted to finalize a one-year deal Friday, sources said.
Shams Charania: Free agent Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell The Vertical.
Brad Turner: Can confirm reports that Jeff Green won't return to Clippers. Green agreed to 1 year, 15 million deal with Orlando Magic, per source.
Prior to them hitting the market Thursday night, the Clippers already had contact with Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute, Cole Aldrich, Jamal Crawford and Wesley Johnson, according to a source. Doc Rivers has publicly said he hopes to re-sign as many of them as possible.
If the Clippers are unable to get Durant to agree to join the team, a move that would then trigger a flurry of other moves, they’ll turn their attention to their other top priority – re-signing their own free agents. With most of their salary cap – more than $70 million of it – going to Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Redick – the Clippers hope to keep their top three free agents – Jeff Green, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. The Clippers have “Bird rights” for Green and Crawford and “early Bird rights” for Rivers, enabling them to go over the salary cap to re-sign those players. The team also has interest in re-signing reserves Cole Aldrich and Wesley Johnson, though the fear is both players will be out of the Clippers’ price range once they hit the market. The Clippers will still meet with Aldrich, though. And just because the Clippers have the ability to pay Green, Crawford and Rivers, there are no guarantees they’re able to secure all three.
In addition to pursuing Durant in free agency, the Clippers have several short-term free-agent priorities to re-sign for next season, including Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Cole Aldrich. Two of the Clippers’ three All-Stars – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – could become free agents in the summer of 2017.
Is Jeff Green the starting small forward if you bring him back? Doc Rivers: We gotta sign him first. It seemed like he was getting more and more time with the starters in that Portland series. Doc Rivers: Yeah. We don't need a superstar [small forward]. We have superstars at other positions. We need guys who are complementary players. Jeff is terrific in that role.
Doc Rivers would not get into specifics, other than to say his son is one of the players on the team he expects will “get deals this summer, and we’re hoping they’re here.” The salary cap is an issue. The Clippers — not including player options — have roughly $78 million in guaranteed contracts for 2016-17, when the cap is expected to rise to about $89 million. Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green, Pablo Prigioni and Jeff Ayers are free agents and Cole Aldrich and Wes Johnson have player options, so there are those considerations.
Green is open about his desire to stay in Memphis long-term and re-sign with the team next summer if the sides can come to terms. However, the forward also understands the business side of things and the fact that nine months (until free agency) is an eternity when it comes to roster decisions. “It’s too far [away] for me to think about,” Green said on his upcoming free agency. “You just have to take it one game at a time. If we do what we have to do and win, everything will take care of itself. My main approach is to continue to be Jeff Green, continue to be aggressive and more consistent. Then, everything will fall into place next summer.”
Memphis Grizzlies forward Jeff Green has exercised the $9.2 million player option on his contract for the 2015-16 season, passing on free agency this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Green could’ve entered the market this summer to sign a long-term extension in Memphis or elsewhere, but his uneven play after a January trade from Boston would’ve made rejecting his player option a significant financial risk.
July 1, 2022 | 8:21 pm EDT Update
The Jazz sent Rudy Gobert to Minnesota in a deal that netted Utah four future first-round picks and 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler, per ESPN. Reports from The Athletic and ESPN stated that Utah has no plans to trade Mitchell and would retool its roster around Donovan Mitchell. But there is some skepticism about Utah’s long-term plans in the wake of the Gobert trade. Several teams still view Mitchell as attainable for the right return.
People in touch with the Knicks prior to the draft said the club was wary of trading the combination of picks and players that it would take to land a player like Mitchell. The thinking, according to people in touch with the club at the time, was that there wouldn’t be enough left on the roster to field a contending team.
If Utah decides to trade Mitchell, Miami is certainly a team to watch. The Heat’s situation is complicated by the club’s pursuit of Kevin Durant (according to a source, several people were lobbying Durant on behalf of Miami on Thursday and Friday in the wake of his trade request out of Brooklyn).