The 10 worst free agent signings in Orlando Magic history
8. Jeff Green
1 year, $ 15 million in 2016
This contract does not get scrutinized enough because it only lasted for one year. But Jeff Green had one of the worst seasons of his career and was paid $15 million for it, though injuries were a factor.
Green has been a journeyman for hiis whole career and had already adopted that role by the time he made it to Orlando. Despite being the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2007 and an All-Rookie First-Team player, Orlando was his fifth franchise in a decade.
He spent half a season with the LA Clippers before arriving in Orlando. In 27 games, Green averaged 10.9 points per game with the Clippers, which would have been one of the lowest full-season scoring averages of his career.
Nevertheless, the Magic front office figured Green’s microwave scoring could give the franchise a boost. And in the summer when teh salary cap spiked, the Magic had money to burn and they burned it.
So they gave him a $15-million deal in the 2016 offseason, perhaps hoping his heaters could propel Orlando to a playoff bid.
It did not turn out that way in one of a number of disastrous moves for the team in the summer of 2016 (this will not be the last we hear of it).
Green had one of the worst scoring seasons of his career, averaging 9.2 points per game. Lower back soreness hobbled him for much of the season and resulted in him being shut down for the final nine games of the year. The Magic won 29 games that season.
That back injury did not seem to hamper Green in the long run. He has played for several more franchises since that season, almost always averaging more than 10 points per game. In fact, he is still playing a big role in the league, currently with the Western Conference’s top team, the Denver Nuggets.