But when the slower Zubac got played off the floor in the playoffs, the Clippers turned to JaMychal Green.
That shows the importance of Green, who will also return to L.A.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Free agent forward JaMychal Green is finalizing a two-year, $10M deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, with a second-year player option, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2019
This is nice value for the Clippers. They’ll apparently give Green the room exception, which will be worth $9,772,350 ($4,767,000 next season, $5,005,350 the following season).
Green will have the ability to seek a larger contract in free agency next summer or the following summer. Though they renounced Green to clear cap space for Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers will retain Green’s Bird Rights by re-signing him. That’ll allow them to exceed the cap to re-sign him again in 2020 or 2021. As they build around Leonard and Paul George and likely get capped out, the Clippers could find paying Green long-term quite important.
At 6-foot-9, Green can play either big-man spot. He plays hard, crashes the glass and shoots 3s. The Clippers will find ways for him to contribute with and without Zubac or Montrezl Harrell on the floor.