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Jeff Green Exercises Player Option with Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jeff Green has exercised his $9.2 million player option for next season, the team announced Thursday. The cap hit will actually be a bit larger:

This is a smart move for Green, who didn’t play particularly well with the Grizzlies after coming over from the Boston Celtics in January. He averaged 17.6 points with the Celtics before being traded, but that number went down to 13.1 in Memphis, and he was especially bad in the postseason. The forward averaged 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 33.3 percent overall and 22.2 percent from three in 11 playoff games.

While Green was a huge disappointment in the playoffs, he’s still very talented, and perhaps he can fit in better with the Grizzlies next season if he’s kept around. There’s always the chance Memphis looks to move him for another player, or perhaps there’s an attempt to dump him to open up a bit of cap space, although it likely wouldn’t be a significant amount because of Marc Gasol‘s free agency.

If Green can bounce back next season, he could be in line for a nice payday when the cap explodes in 2016.

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