The 36-year-old forward has been fighting against Father Time in order to win his first NBA ring. He did just that with the Denver Nuggets in 2023. Now, Jeff Green is signing a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets.
This isn’t going to be the first time that Green will be under contract with Houston. Green, who will turn 37 in August, is entering the 16th year in NBA career. Though he may not be a star player anymore, he showed that he still has some left in the tank. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game across 56 appearances.
Jeff Green played for the Rockets during the 2019-20 season when James Harden and Russell Westbrook were still rostered in Houston. That was before the franchise blew it up and decided to rebuild. Now, Green will serve his nickname “Uncle Jeff” to a young roster. The average age of Houston’s 2023-24 season was 24 years old.
The offseason has been a busy one for the Rockets: they’ve signed free agent Jock Landale, a sign-and-trade for Dillon Brooks, a trade for Patty Mills, who is re-routed as part of the Brooks sign-and-trade. Depending on how the Rockets structure their contracts, Green could be signed into the cap space or the exception.
Green’s three-point percentage has dipped over the past two years, but he has a career 33.7% rate and can defend multiple positions. During Denver’s championship run, he played all 20 games and averaged 17.2 minutes per night.
The Nuggets wantes to re-sign Green, but the salary from Houston is a bit higher according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post.
Green will not only be a leader in the locker room, but he’ll provide some veteran savvy on the court.
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