CLEVELAND (AP)Danny Green will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers once the free agent swingman and three-time NBA champion clears waivers, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Green, who began his pro career with Cleveland in 2009, is expected to rejoin the Cavs in the next two days, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its interest in him.
Green drew interest from several contending teams but chose to rejoin the Cavs, who will add another outside shooter, a valued veteran and player with extensive postseason experience. Green has appeared in 165 playoff games over 14 seasons.
While his agent was talking with the Cavs, Green posted about his status on Twitter, saying, ”It’s not done yet … .”
Cavaliers All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell then posted a ”welcome back” video of Green dancing on the sideline during his first stint with Cleveland.
The Cavs haven’t been to the playoffs since 2018, but are poised to return for the first time since LeBron James left after four straight Finals appearances.
Cleveland has won six straight and currently is the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
Green became available after working out a contract buyout from Houston, which acquired him at the trade deadline from Memphis. He played in just three games with the Grizzlies this season after tearing knee ligaments during the playoffs last season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavaliers didn’t make any moves at the deadline, but president of basketball operations Koby Altman said the team would explore the buyout market.
Green has averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds over 14 seasons with the Cavs, Spurs, Raptors, Lakers, Sixers and Grizzlies.
He has made 39.9% percent of his career 3-pointers. Green played college ball at North Carolina.
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