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Wizards wanted Jeff Green back

Wizards, Jeff Green

The Washington Wizards were very interested in bringing Jeff Green back for the 2019-20 NBA season, but they lost out in the race to sign the veteran forward.

Green signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with the Jazz after just playing one season in Washington. A Wizards fan criticized the team for failing to bring Green back. Reacting to the fan’s statement, Fred Katz of The Athletic insisted that the Wizards tried to pursue him to return, but Green just simply wanted to play for another team.

The 32-year-old forward was actually expected to return to Washington. When their campaign ended in April, he said that he would love to come back to Washington because he loved playing alongside Wizards stars Bradley Beal and John Wall. The journeyman forward also added that playing in Washington gave him more time to spend with his family.

“Being in front of family every night was great for me,” Green said of playing for his hometown team via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports. “It allowed me to see my daughters more than a couple of times a year, which was great.”

However, Green had a sudden change of heart, as he picked the Jazz over the Wizards. According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, the 11-year veteran decided to sign with Utah because of Mike Conley. Conley, who was traded to the Jazz earlier in the offseason, played with Green for two seasons in Memphis.