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Report: Clippers re-signing JaMychal Green for two years, $10M

Golden State Warriors v LA Clippers - Game Six

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors blocks the shot from JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Clippers made Ivica Zubac their highest-paid center.

But when the slower Zubac got played off the floor in the playoffs, the Clippers turned to JaMychal Green.

That shows the importance of Green, who will also return to L.A.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

This is nice value for the Clippers. They’ll apparently give Green the room exception, which will be worth $9,772,350 ($4,767,000 next season, $5,005,350 the following season).

Green will have the ability to seek a larger contract in free agency next summer or the following summer. Though they renounced Green to clear cap space for Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers will retain Green’s Bird Rights by re-signing him. That’ll allow them to exceed the cap to re-sign him again in 2020 or 2021. As they build around Leonard and Paul George and likely get capped out, the Clippers could find paying Green long-term quite important.

At 6-foot-9, Green can play either big-man spot. He plays hard, crashes the glass and shoots 3s. The Clippers will find ways for him to contribute with and without Zubac or Montrezl Harrell on the floor.