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Rumor: Grizzlies, JaMychal Green progressing toward two-year contract

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: JaMychal Green #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Brooklyn Nets on February 10,2016 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 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. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Grizzlies reportedly offered JaMychal Green significantly more than his $2,820,497 qualifying offer, but he remains unsigned.

Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal on Sports 56:

What I’m hearing is that it will be done, but it will be a short-term deal. I think, initially, they were trying to get a long-term deal done – four years.
I think it will end up being two years. They’ve just got to get to the money.

A two-year deal could work well for both sides.

As long as they’re keeping Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, the Grizzlies need a credible starting power forward now, and Green is one. Memphis can offer Green a starting salary north of $14 million while staying below the luxury-tax line. Pinched by a tight market for restricted free agents and bigs – Green is both – he almost certainly can’t command anywhere near that much. So, the tax shouldn’t be an issue for the Grizzlies.

Green has earned just the NBA minimum in two full seasons plus a little extra on a few 10-day contracts. He hasn’t banked enough to risk taking the qualifying offer. Getting two guaranteed seasons at a moderate salary, even if it’s not quite commensurate with his production, could change his life. He’d also get a chance to try for a far-more-lucrative contract as an unrestricted free agent at age 29.

This sounds as if it’s heading toward a resolution neither side loves, which indicates it’s at least fair.