Jeff Green is coming to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the bargain-basement rate of $2.3 million. That makes him a low-risk proposition. And if he pans out … well, you guessed it. He will be high-reward.
Green is coming off a season in which he averaged career-lows of 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds with the Orlando Magic. But that’s OK. Imagine if he can compile those numbers off the Cavs’ bench. That is actually more than the Cavs are expecting from Green.
What they are actually hoping is that Green can give LeBron James a real breather during the marathon of a regular season. LeBron is clearly hoping that too, as according to ESPN, LeBron played a big role in landing Green.
Green is 6-foot-9 and 30 years old. It will be nice for the Cavs to have a forward coming off the bench who’s not debating retirement every summer.
Of course, Green’s presence doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Richard Jefferson, nor should it. Jefferson is still very good in small doses. And the two can certainly play alongside each other in this era of small-and-smaller ball.
But Green gives the Cavs options, a player who remains a borderline starter and who should make a top-notch reserve. The Cavs can also continue to shop Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye (and perhaps Jefferson) without feeling desperate. Green is the type of player they hoped to get in return for any of those guys.
Is Green the final answer to the Cavs’ summer?
No, of course not.
But he is a nice find and a good start to what the Cavs hope is an offseason makeover for the bench.