I hate using the word "welp", but it's easier to type that four-letter word than it is to post a dozen GIFs of people shaking their heads. Reports came out today that Grizzlies 2014 mid-season acquisition Jeff Green has picked up his player option for the 2015-16 season at $9.2 million. Uncle Jeff will remain in Beale Street Blue for the time being.
I'll go glass half full on this one, for now. Perhaps Dave Joerger can find a specific role for Jeff Green that really limits the amount of perimeter shooting he'll be doing and finds him some open creases in the lanes. A full off-season with the team will definitely help his defensive presence, although there's still no reason to think Green will become a big asset on that end of the court. As has been stated many times, the soon-to-be-29-year-old forward is what he is at this point in his career.
Another direction the Grizzlies could go would include brainwashing Green to believe that a building will explode anytime he takes a shot outside of the left corner.
(Jeff Green 2014-15 shot chart)
So Grizzlies fans will have a new small forward to be the target of their ire next season. Instead of Tayshaun Prince on an expiring $7.5 million deal, there is Jeff Green on an expiring $9.2 million deal. It's a little more money to deal with, fewer years on the player, and the same swath of below-average shooting that doesn't mesh very well with the combination of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph – assuming that's the front court we'll have returning.
Sorry y'all, there was apparently a leak in my half-full cup. Maybe the Grizzlies, either by coaching or dealing Green, can maximize the situation we're now in going into next season. But, as of right now, it still just feels like another hurdle to get over before the Memphis Grizzlies can truly contend for a title.