Sources: JaMychal Green signs two-year deal to return to Memphis

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5262/" data-ylk="slk:JaMychal Green">JaMychal Green</a> has been with the Grizzlies for three seasons. (AP)
JaMychal Green has been with the Grizzlies for three seasons. (AP)

Restricted free agent JaMychal Green signed a two-year, $17 million-plus deal to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told The Vertical.

Green came to terms on the fully guaranteed two-year deal Wednesday. With the agreement, Green and the Grizzlies will avoid an Oct. 1 deadline of the $2.8 million qualifying offer. Green also positioned himself to return to free agency in the summer of 2019, when the market is expected to be less treacherous than 2018.

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Green, 27, was a priority for the Grizzlies, who offered him a new deal before July 1 and had minimal progress on a deal in the months since. Green went undrafted in 2012 and has gone from an $800-per-week contract in the NBA’s development League to a lucrative deal of more than $8 million per year.

For Memphis, reintegrating a core part of the team was critical after Green missed media day Monday and the start of training camp without a deal.

In his third NBA season in 2016-17, Green averaged 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 77 games and became the full-time starter alongside Grizzlies All-Star center Marc Gasol.

After leaving Alabama in 2012, Green played in France and the development League. He broke into the NBA on a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs in 2015 before being waived to sign with the Grizzlies. He signed a three-year contract with the Grizzlies in March 2015.

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