Hours after a possible deal was first reported, Jeff green is officially headed to the Wizards.
Per Yahoo’s Shams Charania, Green has signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Wizards after playing one year with the Cavs.
Sources: Free agent Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year, $2.5M deal with the Washington Wizards.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2018
In 78 games last year, Green averaged 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He had his limitations, but was a generally dependable player in Tyronn Lue’s rotation. He was also a favorite of LeBron James.
Green’s departure in the wake of James’ means the Cavs are without their top-two small forwards from last season. Depending on what happens with Rodney Hood, the Cavs could be smaller on the wing in 2018. Hood, Cedi Osman and Okaro White (if he remains on the roster) would be the players most likely to see time there.
Financially, Green signing with Washington takes a $1.512 million cap hold off of the Cavs’ books, but they are still $38-million plus over the salary cap and roughly $13 million under the luxury tax line.
If Cleveland does look to sign a small forward in free agency, it is likely they would pursue a cheaper option that would not tie up their future books. James Ennis remains available as a unrestricted free agent, while Jabari Parker and Kyle Anderson are on the restricted free agent market.