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JaMychal Green Returns to Clippers on the Room Exception

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The last major puzzle piece of this Clippers roster is now in place.

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For days we have anticipated the return of forward JaMychal Green, and today, we got it, with Shams Charania of the Athletic reporting that Green will sign a 2 year, $10 million deal with the Clippers. This is the Clippers room exception, which means that their last avenue of signing players outside of veteran minimums has now been extinguished. Interestingly, Green has a player option for his second season — this contract is low for a player of Green’s talents, and this will allow him to test the market again next summer.

But for now, Clippers’ fans can sit back and relax, as Green was the last important player that the Clippers needed to re-sign for this season. Green averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Clippers in 24 regular season games last year on good shooting percentages, but made his value really known in the playoffs, when he took over the starting role as a small-ball center and helped make the series against the Warriors competitive. In the playoffs, Green averaged 11 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 53.5% from the field and 52.% from three, and played highly effective defense against a fully healthy Warriors team.

Green’s ability to play either the 4 or the 5 is valuable with a Clippers’ squad that is thin at both positions. Green could well start at the 4 alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, allowing them to take smaller, less physically bruising wings while he does the dirty work inside. If the Clippers want to go small, he could also round out a bench unit with Lou Williams, Rodney McGruder, Moe Harkless, and Montrezl Harrell that would be by far the best in the NBA.

Green’s tough, hard-nosed play fit in perfectly with the Clippers last year, and Doc Rivers trusted him immediately with big minutes in important games. Like Pat Beverley, he also turned down more lucrative contracts (per Shams) to return to the Clippers, speaking to the connection he had with them as well as their championship-winning potential. Getting a player who played highly effective 20+ minutes per game against the Warriors on such a cheap deal is a steal, and the Clippers’ roster is nearly complete. Now, all they need is a backup point guard and/or a reserve center, depending on whether or not they want Terance Mann on the full 15 man roster.

More moves will come, but securing Green will hopefully be the last significant deal of the summer. October can’t come soon enough.