Well this was… unexpected.
According to several media reports, the Orlando Magic have claimed the recently released Clippers guard Willie Green.
Orlando has claimed Willie Green off waivers from the Clippers, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
With the deadline for non-guaranteed contracts becoming guaranteed for the 2014-15 season closing in, the Clippers decided to release Green, saving themselves $1.4 million in the process. Upon his release, the Clippers expressed interest in re-signing the veteran shooting guard who spent his last two NBA seasons as a member of the Clippers, hoping to bring him back on a cheaper salary by using the veterans minimum.
Over the course of two seasons, Green’s role on the Clippers remained the same: when an injury happened to the wing position, Green was called upon to step in as a placeholder until the hampered shooting guard returned. During the 2012-13 season, Green started in 60 games in place of Chauncey Billups and in those 60 contests, Green averaged 6.8 points while shooting 46% from the floor and 41% from three. During the 2013-14 season, Green would start in nine games in place of J.J. Redick, but struggles from all facets of his game (averaged 7.8 points, but shot 27% from three) forced Doc Rivers to go with Jamal Crawford in the starting spot with Green strapped to the bench. Green would continue to play sporadic minutes as the wing unit dealt with a bevy of injuries throughout the season.
Now, based on the current construct of the, Green will come to the Orlando Magic as the wooly veteran. With Arron Afflalo traded prior to the 2014 NBA Draft, Jameer Nelson waived under an hour ago and Jason Maxiell next to be released/traded, Green–and Ronnie Price–will be the lone Magic player with five or more years of NBA experience under his belt.
What will his role be? It’s unclear at the moment, but unless Orlando’s front office decides to release Green, you won’t be seeing a return to the Clippers until next season.