The LA Clippers acquired forward JaMychal Green from the Memphis Grizzlies alongside Garrett Temple in exchange for Avery Bradley. Here is what the Clippers can expect from the veteran forward.
In a trade deadline move, the LA Clippers sent Avery Bradley to Memphis in exchange for the expiring contracts of JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple. The 28-year-old Green brings another veteran presence to the Clippers’ locker room as the team makes their push for a spot in the playoffs.
Green went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent some time overseas and even briefly with the Clippers in 2013. He did not sign a guaranteed contact until 2015 with the Grizzlies, where he played up until the trade. Here are a few things LA can expect from Green for the rest of the season.
Green’s high energy play style should fit nicely with the Clipper’s bench squad that has helped spark many runs for LA this season. In 41 games for Memphis this season, Green averaged 9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. In his debut with the Clippers scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
Green has averaged a solid 39.2 percent from beyond the arc on 2.3 attempts per game this season. His respectable range should provide good spacing for the bench units that features the non-shooting Harrell in the front court.
If Green’s improved three-point shooting stays consistent with the Clippers, it is not hard to imagine him locking down a solid spot in the rotation as the team fights for a playoff spot.
Another added benefit of Green’s combination of shooting and size is that Doc Rivers can slide him into multiple different looks. Green can play at center if the Clips want to really stretch the floor, but he can also play alongside a center if LA wants to go big on the boards.
While he will likely spend the remainder of the season coming off the bench, Green could also mesh nicely with the starters if injuries made their way to the team.
Ultimately, the main reason for the trade was the front office’s need for expiring contracts in preparation for the offseason. However, it appears the LA Clippers have no intention to tank, even if it could cost a first round pick.
In the team’s hunt for the postseason, LA will definitely be relying on Green to contribute.