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Report: Grizzlies discussed paying JaMychal Green $8 million-$9 million

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PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 5: JaMychal Green #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies loses control of the ball as he drive to the basket on Noah Vonleh #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center on November 5, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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The Grizzlies reportedly offered JaMychal Green significantly more than his $2,820,497 qualifying offer earlier in the summer, and now they’re progressing toward a two-year deal.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

the Grizzlies were rumored to be talking about a deal in the $8-9 million range.

I wonder whether that’s still the range being discussed. Memphis has a lot of leverage on Green, a restricted big – a double whammy for free agents this year. That salary for Green might be about “fair,” but with so much of the market dried up, the Grizzlies might have lowered their offer.

Green has earned just the minimum in his two-plus NBA seasons. This is finally his opportunity to bank life-changing money, and even if it’s not as much as he hoped, it’ll probably still far exceed the qualifying offer.