Los Angeles managed to re-sign the versatile power forward on a team-friendly deal
Allow me to indulge in a familiar (and kind of annoying) basketball-writer exercise: insisting that some role player is actually way more important than you might expect. The role player in question is JaMychal Green, who on Monday agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers on a two-year, $10 million deal with a player option on the second season, taking a discount because he wants a shot at a title, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Green is a power forward who isn’t exactly great at anything but might be in the process of reinventing himself as a high-volume 3-point shooter. He made a career-high 40.3 percent of his 3-pointers last season, including his 41 games as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies and 24 as a Clipper, but after being traded to L.A. he went from shooting 3.8 3s per 36 minutes to 6.1 per 36. The Clippers traded their leading scorer, Tobias Harris, but got better offensively, and a lot of that was because of the shooting provided by Green and Landry Shamet.
If Green keeps taking and making 3s at the rate he did last season, there will be more space for Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams to make plays. Even if there is a slight dip, though, he will contribute on the other end. Green is a power forward who moves his feet quickly enough to stick with wings, and he toughs it out on the inside against taller players. (He is 6-foot-9 but has a 7-2 ½ wingspan.) He fit with the Clippers last year not just because he made shots, but because the franchise has made a concerted effort to acquire bloodthirsty defenders.
“I like playing with players that are dogs,” Green said in February, via the Los Angeles Times‘ Andrew Greif. “I consider myself one. Coming here, I knew I had some dogs to play with.”