Report: Nets agree to sign veteran forward Jeff Green
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A 13-year veteran out of Georgetown University, Green had started last season with the Utah Jazz before being waived last December and joining the Houston Rockets. In occupying a bench role for the Rockets, the forward was reunited with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, two teammates he had played with in Oklahoma City, earlier in the decade.
With his move to Brooklyn, Green will now be reunited with another former Thunder player in Kevin Durant. Not only did the two share the court in OKC, but also have the rare distinction of being the last two players in the NBA to have played for the Seattle Supersonics—before the franchise’s rebranding and relocation.
Earlier in free agency, the Nets re-signed sharpshooting wing Joe Harris to a four-year deal worth $75 million.
Though he is not expected to play a large role in the Nets’ rotation, Green’s presence on the roster will likely allow Brooklyn to operate with a small-ball lineup that doesn’t require Durant to fill the center position. With the team’s primary interior players—Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan—unable to provide the type of spacing the Nets are expected to need, there had been concerns about how new head coach Steve Nash would structure the offense.
Though Durant has played at the five in the past, his recovery from an Achilles injury had been expected to limit his exposure at a position that is generally more physically demanding than the forward spot.
With Green’s arrival, the Nets are hoping they have solved their small-ball problem.