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5 things to know about the Wizards’ free agent signing Jeff Green

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5 things to know about the Wizards’ free agent signing Jeff Green

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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Michael Jordan, Jordan Brand donating $100M towards racial equality and social justice

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Michael Jordan, Jordan Brand donating $100M towards racial equality and social justice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice.

In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of "ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education."

"Black lives matter," the statement said. "This isn't a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of black people."

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Jordan, the 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls great, is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The Jordan Brand is a subsidiary of Nike, the shoe giant that earlier Friday committed $40 million over the next four years to support the black community.

Jordan also released a statement Monday on George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police.

"I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Jordan said. "I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough."

Floyd was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Bradley Beal thanks D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for new Black Lives Matter Plaza, matching mural on 16th street

Bradley Beal thanks D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for new Black Lives Matter Plaza, matching mural on 16th street

Washingon, D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser had "Black Lives Matter" painted Friday on a street that leads up to the White House, an effort to honor those who have peacefully protested throughout the week following the death of George Floyd.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who has been active off and on social media in the fight against racial injustices, took to Instagram on Friday to thank Bowser for her act.

"There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen, and to have their humanity recognized, and we had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city," Bowser said during a press conference Friday, via NBC News.

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Bowser posted a video to her own Instagram account on Friday, officially naming that section of 16th street 'Black Lives Matter Plaza.'

Earlier this week, the Wizards released a strong, unified statement on social media condemning social injustice, racism and police brutality. Multiple players, including Beal, reposted the statement on their respective Instagram story.

The message had four different statements:

"We will no longer tolerate the assassination of people of color in this country."

"We will no longer accept the abuse of power from law enforcement."

"We will no longer accept ineffective government leaders who are tone-deaf, lack compassion or respect for communities of color."

"We will no longer shut up and dribble."

Beal's Instagram post on Friday should not come as a surprise to anyone. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Wizards guard John Wall explained that Beal was the one who led the charge regarding the team's statement.

"We got a group chat that we have with our team,” Wall said. "Brad [Beal] started off with, like, this is what he was going to post, so we all agreed to it. We all agreed to it. We felt like it was a powerful message. We wasn’t going to force the organization or anybody to join us; this is the players coming together, and the organization came and did their thing."

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