The Free Agent Files: Jeff Green

As we draw closer to Armageddon July 1st, we'll preview another player that might pique the Nets' interest. Who's under the microscope today?


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Jump and get the skinny on Jeff Green.

If you don't remember who Jeff Green is, allow me to do a quick career retrospective. Green was a lottery pick of the Boston Celtics in 2007 and was traded to Seattle for Ray Allen. As a member of the Supersonics and Thunder, Green, much like his team, took a while to get acclimated to the NBA game. He was traded to Boston at the 2011 deadline. Green's play picked up while he was in Celtic green, and was considered to be a major piece for the Celtics as they were looking to add some youth to their veteran-laded roster. But, something put a stop to that. In December, after signing a 1 year $9 million contract, that deal was voided when an aortic aneurysm was discovered during a physical. Green missed this past season, but has been cleared to return to athletic activity and is expected to return to the NBA in the 2012-2013 season in full health.

So how did Jeff Green play the last time we saw him? Let's check it out:

Jeff Green

Minutes per Game

True Shooting %

Rebound rate

Assist rate

Usage rate

Player Efficiency Rating

Win Shares per 48

Wins Produced per 48

Oklahoma City 2010-2011

37 52.6 8.8 11.5 19.3 12.9 .087 .027

Boston 2010-2011

23.5 53.3 8.6 7.52 19.8 12.9 .118 .048

Forwards (small and power) 2010-2011

20 54.4 11.3 14.06 18.29 15 .100 .099

Green's career

33.6 52.6 9.4 13.08 19.8 12.8 .071 .003

One thing we should note is that Green spent a lot of time (mistakenly, in my opinion) playing at the power forward, which is understandable considering he played on teams that featured Kevin Durant & Paul Pierce at the small forward position. Moving on from that, it doesn't look great. Green was (mistakenly in my view) cast as a spot up three point shooter, and it showed in the results. He is only a 33% career shooter from long distance, but not all of his shooting was bad. For what it's worth, he shot over 60% at the rim in every professional season. When he does sign on with a new team, they'd be wise to have Green cutting more to the basket and spotting up for threes less. He's not a player that handles the ball much, but with a point guard that can get him the ball in space, he should be able to provide value on the offensive end.

Earlier I mentioned Green being blocked at the SF position, and when he got to Boston, he got blocked again, but this time it was at the PF position by Kevin Garnett. A big requirement when you're a frontcourt player is rebounding, and if you're a poor rebounder you leave your team at a major disadvantage. If you view Green as a power forward (which I don't), you would come to the conclusion that he's a terrible rebounder. But if you see him as a small forward (which I do), you can see that he's an OK but unspectacular rebounder. But as we know, rebounding isn't the only aspect to a player's non-offensive game. At 6-9 and 235 lbs, Green is certainly long and athletic enough to guard the majority of small forwards in the league. And he has been able to be an effective defender, as opposing small forwards had a PER of 16.5 in 2008-2009, 11 in 2009-2010, 12.2 in the OKC half of his season, and 7.8 in his Boston half.

So what to offer? If I was GMing the Nets, I would offer 2 years and $6 million. Last time I created a post, I made the case that the Nets should not resign Gerald Wallace. Now I know you're probably thinking "Dude, you won't sign the guy who played well for us last year but you'd offer a deal to a guy who missed a YEAR due to a heart condition? What's that about?" Now I have my reasons for avoiding Wallace, but why Green? He's four years younger than Wallace, has been more durable (heart condition notwithstanding), and most importantly, the emergence of Gerald Green. I checked the Internet machine and I didn't see any mentions of a figure that will be offered to Green, but if I were to guess, I'd say he gets around $4 million a year. I'd rather two young productive players on the cheap that'll always be out there than one good player that has injury concerns and might end up being overpaid relative to his production. As for the "Deron likes Wallace so the Nets HAVE to resign him," I say nuts to that. Players aren't the General Manager, and allowing players to decide personnel moves is always a bad idea and will only lead to disaster (hello Dwight Howard and Orlando Magic). My spiel aside, if Williams were to ask, I'd tell him that these deals allow more flexibility, and more flexibility allows for the team to get better players, and better players means you win more games and so on.

Next up in this series: Um, maybe Gerald Green. If it's not that, maybe a look at Kyle Lowry of Houston.

Previous installments: Gerald Wallace

Kevin Garnett

Ersan Ilyasova

Goran Dragic

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