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LA fought off Spurs, Nuggets, Knicks with full-court press recruitment of JaMychal Green

JaMychal Green

Last weekend, the Los Angeles Clippers rocked the NBA landscape by adding both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in what appears to be the most epic move of the offseason.

With the team recently agreeing to terms with returning free agent JaMychal Green, L.A. have secured another important piece of their puzzle for next season. So much so, that reports have now emerged pertaining to how the Clippers valiantly fought off interest from other teams who appeared to be extremely interested in acquiring the services of Green.  This is via Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

Green had multiple suitors — including the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks — offering him considerably more money than the amount he ultimately agreed to with the Clippers, league sources told The Athletic. 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.

Green eventually agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Clippers, and as Buha explained above, this decision was not all about the money. Two of the three aforementioned teams above will be competitive next season, with the Nuggets flirting with championship-contender status. However, despite potentially earning more money by jumping ship, Green ultimately decided that his future was with the Clippers.

Last season, the fifth-year man averaged 8.7 points, 1.4 three-pointers, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.5 steals in 24 appearances for L.A. following a mid-season trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.