Cavs sign forward Jeff Green

July 11, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers have started to rearm their roster for another title run, as the team announced that it has signed versatile free agent forward Jeff Green.  Other outlets have reported the deal is for one year at the bargain price of $2.3 million.

Green, 30, is capable of playing at either the 3 or the 4, and should provide the Cavs with another body to match up against Kevin Durant, should Golden State and Cleveland meet in the Finals once again.

Green (6-9, 235) spent last season with the Orlando Magic, appearing in 69 contests (11 starts) with averages of 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game.  Green also shot a career-high .863 from the foul line and scored in double figures on 35 occasions.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Green has played in 705 games (484 starts) over his career with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando, owning averages of 13.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 31.1 minutes per game. He has also appeared in 38 postseason contests (15 starts), averaging 11.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.

In other Cavs news, Cleveland also signed a veteran point guard to back up star Kyrie Irving, as the team announced that it inked José Calderón.

Calderón (6-3, 200) split last season between the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks, averaging 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 13.1 minutes over 41 games (13 starts). He also appeared in six playoff contests with Atlanta, averaging 4.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 12.5 minutes.

Entering his 13th NBA season, Calderón owns career averages of 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists and a 3.9 assist-to-turnover ratio in 28.0 minutes over 789 total games (559 starts) with the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Lakers and Hawks. He is shooting .473 from the field, .409 from three-point territory and .875 from the free throw line for his career.

A native of Villanueva de la Serena, Spain, Calderón originally went undrafted in the 2003 NBA Draft and played six seasons in the Spanish professional leagues before beginning his NBA playing career with the Raptors in 2005. He has represented his home country at four Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016), earning silver medals in 2008 and 2012 and a bronze medal in 2016.

By Staff of and news services

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