Jeff Green Ready To Re-Up
Jeff Green on Thursday expressed his desire to sign a contract extension this summer and continue his career with the Thunder.
“I’d love to,” Green told The Oklahoman. “It’s a great thing going here.”
The Thunder can re-sign Green to an extension of up to five years. Under NBA rules, teams can begin negotiations with free agents on July 1. Green, however, has become lost in the shadows of Kevin Durant, the team’s other third-year forward who also is eligible for an extension and recently voiced his feelings for wanting to remain in Oklahoma City.
Green’s situation, though, in some ways will hold more significance to the Thunder’s long-term building. Durant’s deal is expected to be an open-and-shut maximum contract. How much money Green will command after this season could have a long-lasting impact on the team’s salary cap and the caliber of players the Thunder can sign this summer with the future financial state always in mind.
“When that time comes it comes,” Green said. “I’m worried about what we got this season, and I’ve got to focus on what we’re trying to accomplish this season. I can’t worry about what’s going to take place this summer.”
Green squashed any small-market theory that assumes he wouldn’t be open to re-signing in Oklahoma City. Green said he doesn’t have any problem committing to the Thunder for the foreseeable future.
“Not at all,” Green said. “This is a great city to play in. The basketball atmosphere is great, and it’s a great place to raise a family. So I wouldn’t mind.”
Green, 23, is the team’s third leading scorer behind Durant and second-year point guard Russell Westbrook, averaging 14.5 points along with 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 37 minutes per game this season.
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