Agreeing to a deal with former Eastern Conference Champion Jeff Green, the Washington Wizards added their first free agent addition of the 2018 offseason.
Green will give much-needed depth to the Wizards interior and some extra experience on a relatively young group. As a seasoned veteran, Green has seen his way around the league and there has been a lot of things that have led to this point.
Here are five things to know about Green:
1. The Wizards will be Green’s seventh team
Taking a tour of the country, Green is a well-traveled veteran in the NBA. This will be his seventh team, eighth city, for the 31-year-old since joining the league in 2007. He’s played in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Boston, Memphis, Los Angeles, Orlando, Cleveland, and now Washington.
He's literally touched all corners of the United States.
Four of his 10 years he played with the Seattle Supersonics, he also saw a portion of four seasons with the team that drafted him, the Boston Celtics years after his selection.
2. He is one of two Supersonics still in the NBA
Green and Kevin Durant are the only two current NBA players to play professional basketball in Seattle. In his one season in the Northwest, he averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds en route to an All-Rookie Team nod in 2007-08.
3. Green had open heart surgery in 2011
Before the 2011-2012 season, Green had to have surgery to repair an aortic root aneurysm. The condition threatened his life and left him with a nine-inch scar on his chest. It was actually a condition that he did not know about until doctors identified it during a routine physical. At the time many thought that Green could be done with basketball, but he has returned and played six full seasons since.
4. Green led the Georgetown Hoyas to their only Big East title since 1989
Before being selected fifth overall in the 2007 draft, Green played his college ball with Georgetown. He led the Hoyas to a Big East Championship and was named the Big East Player of the Year during his final season with the program.
It was Georgetown’s first championship since Dikembe Mutombo was on the team in 1989. Green was among the first class for John Thompson III, although recruited by Craig Esherick, and carried his team all the way to the Final Four.
5. He is from Hyattsville, Maryland
Coming to the Wizards will now make the 6-9 forward a player that played high school, college, and professional hoops in the DMV. He played at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and led them to a state championship in 2004.
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