JaMychal Green agrees to terms with Nuggets on two-year, $17 million deal, source says – The Denver Post

Less than a month into the season, Nikola Jokic reached a conclusion on JaMychal Green.

When Jokic said he’d like to play with Green for the rest of his career after a mid-January win over the Warriors, it represented one of the most ironclad endorsements Jokic had ever publicly offered.

Whether the Nuggets considered Jokic’s position or not, Denver’s front office made Green a priority this offseason. The Nuggets agreed to a two-year deal with Green worth $17 million as the NBA free agency negotiating period opened Monday night, a league source told The Denver Post. The second year of the deal is a player option.

The deal can’t be finalized until Friday evening.

Green’s return is another notch in Denver’s offseason plan. Having constructed one of the best teams in the Western Conference before Jamal Murray’s season-ending ACL tear, the Nuggets were vocal about wanting to run back a similar group next season.

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Green, who averaged eight points on 40% 3-point shooting and nearly five rebounds per game, should have a more defined role next season. In 58 games he averaged a shade over 19 minutes per contest. By the end of the season, he and veteran forward Paul Millsap were sharing backup forward responsibilities, which only became more complicated after Denver traded for center JaVale McGee.

Though the three veterans remained professional, there was frustration when Green was bumped out of the rotation despite being healthy. McGee and Millsap are also free agents, and it would be a notable surprise if all three were back next season.

McGee, currently in Tokyo with Team USA, has expressed interest in returning to the Nuggets.

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