Inexperienced’s lack of multiyear provides hasn’t gone unnoticed. After he agreed to yet one more minimal deal, with the Jazz in 2019, Dwyane Wade mentioned in a viral Twitter post: “I do NOT perceive how and why Jeff Inexperienced hold signing these 1 12 months offers for the minimal. That is now 3 years in a row. He’s by no means injured, He’s by no means been an issue within the locker room, He’s athletic, he can shoot the three, he can guard a number of positions and he’s not previous.”
DeAndre Jordan, Inexperienced’s buddy and Nets teammate, known as it “just a little unfair,” however added, “Clearly, groups need him as a result of he continues to get signed.”
For a 12 months.
So as an alternative, Inexperienced has settled for all times as knowledgeable basketball nomad.
Inexperienced, a local of Cheverly, Md., started his N.B.A. journey in 2007 after three years at Georgetown. He was drafted fifth total by the Boston Celtics and instantly traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in a bundle for Ray Allen. The Sonics had already drafted Durant at No. 2 total. Due to Inexperienced’s athleticism and scoring capacity, there was hope that Inexperienced would grow to be a star subsequent to Durant.
That by no means materialized. At his greatest, Inexperienced has confirmed a expertise for scoring, however not a lot else — which helps clarify why he hasn’t been capable of settle with one franchise. And whereas in some circumstances an N.B.A. participant would possibly bounce round due to issues about locker room presence, Inexperienced has a optimistic popularity off the court docket.
Kevin Ollie, a teammate of Inexperienced’s in Oklahoma Metropolis after the Seattle franchise moved, mentioned Inexperienced’s character was “bubbly,” however “detail-oriented” on the ground. “You see the onerous work, however then you definately see love behind the onerous work,” he mentioned.
Ollie is aware of what it’s like to maneuver round: He performed for 11 groups, yet another than Inexperienced. He’s considered one of round 200 teammates that Green has played with in his N.B.A. career. Ollie mentioned one of many challenges of enjoying for thus many groups was continuously having to uproot his household, notably his youngsters. Inexperienced mentioned his spouse, Stephanie, “makes it very straightforward.”