Forward JaMychal Green could very well return to Denver, yet New Orleans and Minnesota are rumored by league sources as potential landing spots.
Michael Singer: It was reported, by myself and others, that tomorrow was JaMychal Green's deadline to pick up his $7.6 million option. That date, which even people within the organization had wrong, was on Friday. Green did indeed decline his PO to become an unrestricted free agent. (1/2)
Forward JaMychal Green opted out of his $7.6 million player option for next season and will be a free agent. He and the Nuggets are expected to discuss a new deal when free agency opens, but the seven-year NBA veteran will have other suitors too.
Shams Charania: Denver Nuggets forward JaMychal Green has declined his $7.6 million player option for the 2021-22 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
JaMychal Green: There’s expected to be strong mutual interest between Green and Nuggets on a new deal in free agency. The 7-year NBA vet will have other suitors too.
Mike Singer: I know JaMychal Green is open to staying, but will likely come down to money/role. He’ll have to make decision on his PO, but he said multiple times how tough the second unit musical chairs was for him. Latest post is certainly encouraging.
Green has until July 26 to pick up his $7.6 million player option or become a free agent. Last offseason he declined a $5 million option with the Clippers and received a $2.1 million pay increase when signing with Denver. According to ProFitX, a Green contract for 2021-22 is comparable to his salary on the option for next season.
Shams Charania: Free agent JaMychal Green has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal with the Denver Nuggets, with player option in second season, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
The Nuggets have shown interest in free-agent power forward JaMychal Green, a league source said. The Nuggets also have to consider the future of free-agent Paul Millsap.
Shams Charania: Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green has declined his $5M player option for the 2020-21 season and will become a free agent, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
JaMychal Green is a valuable 3-and-D big who would fit as a low-end starter or third big for most NBA teams. He could command as much as the non-taxpayer midlevel exception, league sources tell The Athletic. The Clippers have his Early Bird Rights and can offer upwards of $9.5 million annually starting next season.
This is going to be a bitter offseason, but not one that rival executives expect will bring huge change. The Clippers will likely try to re-sign free agents Harrell, Morris and JaMychal Green (if he opts out).
Green has value on both ends of the court because of his versatility to guard multiple positions. On offense, he is an ideal bench option, averaging 6.8 points on 38.7% from 3. Don't be surprised if Green sees offers for all or most of the $9.3 million midlevel exception. He would be a good fit in Portland, especially if Carmelo Anthony does not return.
But Green, seeing the Clippers have a legitimate shot to win a championship and that he could play a significant role, prioritized remaining with the team and is excited about the direction of the franchise. The Clippers’ front office put on a full-court press to retain him, signifying how much they value him and wanted him back, according to sources. That mattered to Green.
Bobby Marks: The JaMychal Green contract, two-years $17M, mirrors that of the $8.4M mid-level exception. Memphis now has 16 guaranteed contracts.
Michael Wallace: Grizz PF JaMychal Green had been in Memphis for days waiting for his deal to be finalized. He's be in #GrizzCamp for Thursday's 2 practices.
Michael Wallace: Both sides benefit. Grizz get price point I believe they've always valued JaMychal at. He gets flexibility to reset his market in 2 years.
Shams Charania: RFA JaMychal Green is finalizing a two-year, $17M-plus deal to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell The Vertical.
Ronald Tillery: JaMychal Green and Grizzlies working towards two-year deal worth at least $17 million with bonuses, source confirms
As of Tuesday night, the Grizzlies and restricted free agent forward JaMychal Green weren’t close to making a deal. Green has until Sunday to accept a $2.8 million qualifying offer if he can’t reach terms on a new contract. The qualifying offer would be for one year and make Green an unrestricted free agent next summer.
David Aldridge: While @JaMychal Green is in Memphis tonight, told he won’t be at media day Monday while his rep & Grizz work on deal. He’s last major unsigned RFA.
Michael Wallace: Mirotic and Len came off RFA board today. Can confirm JaMychal is in Memphis on eve of media day and Tuesday's start of camp. Sides working.
Bobby Marks: The Grizzlies JaMychal Green remains the lone restricted free agent not to sign. Green has until Oct. 1 to sign his $2.8M qualifying offer.
JaMychal Green remains a restricted agent, his $2,820,497 qualifying offer still outstanding from the Grizzlies. Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal: "They’ve offered significantly more than that, but also significantly less than Green and his agent were probably expecting when the process began."
JaMychal Green is a talented stretch forward who solidified his position in the NBA by starting 75 games last season. Green’s agent, Michael Hodges, and the Memphis Grizzlies haven’t had much success in their contract talks, and sign-and-trade possibilities have been broached. The Grizzlies have basically challenged Green to land an offer sheet to keep from bidding against themselves. With Zach Randolph gone to the Sacramento Kings, and young and oft-injured forward talent remaining next to star center Marc Gasol, it would be tough for the Grizzlies to lose Green.
The Grizzlies gave Green an offer sheet at the start of free agency, and both sides waited to see what other offers might present themselves. One league source put Green’s market worth at “8 to 10 million” annually, admitting that was “on the high side,” but was what the market would bear.
The Grizzlies are still planning to keep JaMychal Green, and their payroll is such that they really can’t afford to let him go. Green is 27 and coming off a breakout year, with impressive per-36 numbers (11.8 points, 9.3 rebounds). There has been interest from the Bulls, sources said, and he is a backup plan in San Antonio depending on what happens with Simmons
Adrian Wojnarowski: Memphis made a July 1 offer to restricted free agent JaMychal Green and are now awaiting an offer sheet, league sources tell ESPN.
Ronald Tillery: JaMychal Green’s agent, Michael Hodges, tells The CA that he hasn’t talked to Memphis about contract parameters since FA opened.
So what will Green command? It would seem likely he’ll be somewhere in the $10-$12 million range, and potentially more if teams believe his 38 percent shooting clip from three is sustainable (which they’d be fair to question). But with virtually every team looking for players like him, his market should be a strong one.
September 17, 2021 | 11:51 am EDT Update
It speaks to both the Lakers’ historical relevance and standard of excellence as well as their current level of talent that Anthony feels this way. He clearly knows how good of a shot they have, no matter how “old” the veteran-laden roster is: “You’ve got to change your way of thinking, you’ve got to change your perspective… Being out there at this point in time of my career, we hear all of it. We hear that ‘they old’ and ‘the senior citizen home for basketball,’ but we just know what we bring to the game and what we bring to the table. And I say we’re wiser. Like we’re wise. We’re not old. 37 is young, 36 is young, it’s only old in the sports world, the basketball world. So like LeBron said, like other guys said, just watch and see. And I think people will enjoy the show.”
Now, with his real and best shot at a title in front of him, he’s putting the pressure back on himself and his talented cast of teammates to get it done (via “The Daily Show”): “There’s nothing that I’m trying to prove. If I hadn’t picked L.A., I would have been at peace walking away from the game, knowing that I gave everything I could and I still couldn’t win a championship. I would have been at peace with that. I would have been good. But now that I’m with the Lakers, I can’t be at peace with not winning a championship (laughs).”
When asked, Barnes said his favourite thing to do on the floor is applying defensive pressure, which should be no 20-year-old’s favourite thing to do on the floor. As is normal for a kid whose size and athleticism were obvious from an early age, Barnes got involved in the AAU system early, with all the attendant skill development that comes with it. That is not what defined his basketball infancy, though. “I was always playing with older guys. Me growing up, I loved playing,” Barnes said. “I’d just go to the Salvation Army, LA Fitness. And when you go to LA Fitness, it’s a bunch of 40-year-olds, 30-year-olds. I was probably like 13, 14, 12, going to LA Fitness, going to hoop, being a little kid and having fun playing those sorts of people. But it teaches you the game, seeing their knowledge, seeing how they play, seeing their patience, how they read the floor, because those players have played a long time ago. They’ve got a little bit of knowledge about basketball. … It would be so packed that if you lose, you’re not getting (back) on for two or three games.”
Moses Moody, who Golden State selected with the 14th pick in this past draft, went on to team up with Barnes (and top pick Cade Cunningham, among other future NBAers and top college players) and Montverde. His first experience with Barnes was as an opponent. “On the court, you just think he’s crazy,” Moody said. “My first time really playing against him, he did a close out, he was on the other team, I’m shooting a 3. He had his hair going everywhere — that’s when he had his dreads and stuff. He’s coming out screaming. I missed the shot. It’s crazy. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with this dude?’”
“I can predict the future, at least when it comes to basketball. Scottie Barnes is gonna be a big-time player in the NBA,” Young said, interrupting. “I think some of the knocks on him are that he doesn’t shoot it well. He’s not a polished offensive player. He does have to improve offensively. His jump shot has improved from when he got to us to, where it is now, and he’s gonna improve it more because he’s a high-character gym rat. “I get frustrated because a lot of people say he’s Draymond Green. He ain’t Draymond Green. He’s Scottie Pippen. That’s what I first saw when I saw him in the ninth grade. I saw Scottie Pippen.”
The newest Grizzlies big man recently spoke candidly about his possible tarnished reputation in the area. Via Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian: “My reputation here is actually not that great I don’t think,” Adams said. “Because Z-Bo (Zach Randolph) punched me in the face as a rookie, and then you guys lost Game 7 because of it — just to bring up some old stuff.”
A clearly agitated Randolph straight up socked a fresh-faced Steven Adams. The hilarious part is that the Kiwi big man barely even flinched, and didn’t look at all like he wanted to retaliate against his Grizzlies rival. “I definitely remember the type of battles (in Memphis), because they had a real gritty team,” he said. “(Oklahoma City) had a gritty team. Memphis had a gritty team. But Memphis has always been known as the Grindhouse, you know what I mean? “I think I have a good idea (what the culture is like), from playing against it. But I’ll just have to see what it is like when you are a part of it.”
“We’re good now, and we’re going to be good year in and year out. We’re going to build our own building, more of our own identity, more of our own personality. And I think some of the fans on the other side, if you will, it’s like, ‘What? You dare to question our supremacy?’ No, we do. “There’s 30 teams in the league. There’s 29 others. And we got one that happens to be based in L.A. And we got our fans. We use our expression, ‘LA Our Way.’ And we’re building our own presence, identity. And if the other guys feel a little threatened — the other guys’ fans, I mean; the players are actually a little different deal — but if they feel a little threatened, that’s OK. It means we’re doing good.”