LA Clippers Rumors: JaMychal Green turned down bigger paydays to stay

LA ClippersJaMychal Green (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LA ClippersJaMychal Green (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /

Before re-signing with the LA Clippers this summer, JaMychal Green reportedly turned down multiple bigger offers from other teams.

As if the news that his re-signing with the LA Clippers was in part thanks to Kawhi Leonard wasn’t enough news, JaMychal Green reportedly turned down multiple larger offers from other franchises to stay.

This tidbit of info came via Zach Lowe’s piece where he called Green one of his six most intriguing players of the 2019-20 season. Lowe cites Green and other teams as the sources, so it’s pretty much confirmed. We don’t know the exact numbers, but given he signed with the Clippers for two years and a hair under $10 million, you have to figure he was offered somewhere around $15 million.

With stretch bigs being such a commodity, the fact that he re-signed says a lot about both Green and the franchise. Green obviously loved the group here in LA and wanted to try and push further this year. On May 14, just a couple of weeks after the Clippers were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors, Green posted a picture on Instagram of himself in his jersey with the caption “Ready to get back going”.

Fans took this post as a hint that Green wanted to stay, but with big plans in free agency for the team, none of us knew the likelihood of this happening.

Green’s performance for the Clippers had been huge. Underrated in Memphis, Green came to the Clippers as the perfect bench counterpart to Montrezl Harrell. While Harrell attacked the basket, Green provided spacing. He also was a more than a capable defender.

In the playoffs, Green was forced into the starting lineup after Doc Rivers realized Ivica Zubac just didn’t work against the Warriors. Green didn’t disappoint and helped the Clippers steal the 5th game (You know, the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history) before ultimately losing the series in Game 6. Despite the series loss, Green had proven that he was a key piece to the team.

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Green taking less money shows the type of trust and camaraderie that the Clippers have built up. He’ll be a big factor off the bench again this season as the team chases that elusive first championship.