According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic have claimed recently waived guard Willie Green off of waivers. The Clippers were rumored to be interested in re-signing Green if he cleared.
Green played the last two seasons for the Clippers, ranging from being on the inactive list to being in the starting lineup. He started 60 games during the 2013 season when Chauncey Billups was hurt, but new coach Doc Rivers opted to start Jamal Crawford at the shooting guard position instead when J.J. Redick went down with injury.
Green averaged 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 16.2 minutes a night while making 127 appearances. He was constantly praised by teammates, fans and coaches for his professionalism and attitude, as he was always a hard worker and willing to accept whatever role the team needed from him, even if it meant going from a starter one night to a bench warmer the next.
Also a tremendous shooter, Green shot 39% from deep and made 112 three pointers during his time with the Clippers. Most importantly, he did many Willie Green things, making him a fan favorite in his time in Los Angeles.
The Clippers waived Green this weekend in a purely financial move, and reportedly hoped to re-sign him if he cleared waivers. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan also recognized Green's value and claimed him off of waivers. He'll move to a Magic team that has struggled recently and seems to be rebuilding around youth. Green is an excellent locker room presence and certainly a valuable teacher for rookies and young players.
Green will make $1,448,480 on an expiring contract that is now fully guaranteed.