The Orlando Magic will sign free-agent forward Jeff Green to a one-year contract, reports Jeff Zillgit of USA Today Sports. The deal will be worth $15 million. Orlando cannot officially announce the deal until the NBA's moratorium period ends July 7th.
Green, who turns 29 in August, has played for four teams in his eight-year career. He split the 2015/16 season between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 11.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game on 43 percent shooting.
Green can man either forward position, but as yet has failed to shed the tweener label. He's also not a three-point threat, shooting just 34.1 percent from deep on more than three attempts per game over the last four seasons. Nevertheless, his versatility and playoff experience--he's played in 38 career postseason games--must have appealed to the Magic, who are dead-set on ending their four-year playoff drought, as their Draft-night trade for Serge Ibaka attests.
It's hard to quibble about the length of his reported Orlando deal--one year is obviously the least anyone could have offered--but one has to wonder how his presence might affect Aaron Gordon's role. The 20-year-old needs all the high-leverage reps he can get in his third season, and the presence of another gadget forward might complicate the matter.
Green's pending deal continues a busy July 1st for Orlando, which previously agreed to ink veteran point guard D.J. Augustin and to re-sign swingman Evan Fournier.