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Jeff Green picked Jazz over multiple suitors because of Mike Conley

Jeff Green, Jazz, Mike Conley

Utah Jazz new addition Jeff Green picked his new destination over many other suitors due to his previous rapport with point guard Mike Conley, who was traded to Utah before the start of free agency, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.

The two previously spent the better part of two seasons together with the Memphis Grizzlies, developing a relationship and some chemistry in that brief stint.

The veteran journeyman has bounced around on one-year deals for the past three seasons, something that has irked the now-retired Dwyane Wade, who has been witness to his career arc.

Green signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum to join the Jazz, something ESPN Insider Bobby Marks conceded was “one of the best value contracts of free agency.”

The veteran put up 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds last season while shooting a strong 47.5% from the field, 34.7% from deep, and a clean 88.8% from the foul line. He and Wade shared a small stint together as well during their brief time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Jazz will be Green’s eighth team in his 13 seasons of NBA service, joining other bold signings like Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis and Emmanuel Mudiay, as Utah has carefully reloaded with suitable plug-and-play talent that can make them a Western Conference contender from the onset.

Green’s familiarity with Conley, the starting point guard, will be a helpful cog in this situation, as the two could take the court together again as Green is expected to back up Bogdanovic this upcoming season.