Wizards bring veteran Jeff Green home

Brian Tinsman
July 10, 2018 - 10:59 pm

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Former Georgetown Hoya and Cheverly, Md., native Jeff Green is coming back to Washington on a one-year deal with the Wizards.

The move was initially reported by NBA insider David Aldridge, and fills a hole in the Wizards bench:

Green's better days are behind him, but he did have successful runs with the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise and the Boston Celtics. In recent years, he has bounced around among Memphis, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando and Cleveland.

He is coming off of a deep run with the Cavs that almost netted him his first NBA championship before coming up short against Golden State. He averaged 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game during the regular season, starting 14 contests and appearing in 78 games. He also scored his 10,000th NBA point last season.

"Jeff is a proven veteran who will add to our frontcourt rotation with his ability to play and defend multiple positions," said team general manager Ernie Grunfeld. "We’re excited to be bringing him back to the D.C. area and look forward to his experience and professionalism benefiting us on the court and in the locker room."

Green is known for many things over the course of his NBA career, not the least of which is overcoming a major health scare that could have ended his career prematurely--or worse. ESPN covered his road to recovery from an aortic aneurysm:

Green (6-9, 235) has averaged 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting .438 from the floor and .332 from three-point range in 783 NBA games (498 starts) over 10 NBA seasons. He also gives the Wizards another threat from beyond the arc.

Green attended Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, where he led the NHS Wildcats to the state basketball championship in 2004.


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