When the Utah Jazz acquired veteran guard Jordan Clarkson in a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, they had to make room for the new high-octane scorer on their roster. That led to the release of veteran Jeff Green, who as of Thursday, had cleared waivers and now sits as an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign with any team that he chooses, per Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Veteran forward Jeff Green has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 26, 2019
Green appeared in 30 games for Utah this season, two of which were starts. Playing in his age-33 campaign, Green is on pace to set new career lows in points (7.8), rebounds (2.7), assists (0.7) and minutes per game (18.4), all while shooting just 38.5 percent from the floor overall.
Green has had a notoriously nomadic NBA career, having spent each of the past four seasons with a different club. Throughout his 12-year career, he has appeared for eight different franchises, never spending more than four years in one place.
By releasing Green, Utah has signaled that they are comfortable moving forward with Georges Niang as a key rotational piece at the forward slot. The fourth-year forward has played sparingly during his career, but has averaged 14 minutes per game in December, a role that is only likely to expand in the coming months.
There has not been any early indication that a team currently in the playoff mix would be interested in bringing Green aboard, but it's easy to see how his veteran pedigree may draw him some consideration from team's in both leagues near the top of the standings, as he has made the postseason six times during his professional run.