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Josh Green, Mavericks agree to 3-year, $41 million extension

A deal gets done right before the deadline

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Josh Green and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a 3-year, $41 million extension. It was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The extension comes just a few hours before the 5 p.m. CST deadline for the 2020 rookie class. Had the Mavericks and Green not agreed to an extension today, Green would have entered the summer of 2024 as a restricted free agent.

This is only the second rookie extension the Mavericks have signed since extending Devin Harris in 2008.

Now the Mavericks have their 18th overall pick from 2020 signed to a modest deal, averaging about $13.6 million annually. That is similar to what other Mavericks role players have been paid lately, like Maxi Kleber, former Maverick Dorian Finney Smith, and newly acquired Grant Williams. For a player of Green’s youth and talent, plus considering his brief NBA resume, it feels like a fair deal all around that both parties can be happy with.

Green earned this extension by breaking out in a big way last season, his third in the league. He posted career-highs across virtually every category: minutes, games started, points, rebounds, assists, shooting percentage. In fact Green has basically had year-over-year growth in all his major counting stats, although to be fair the bar was awfully low in Green’s rookie season, where he was coming off a pandemic shortened college season in Arizona, which stunted his development.

For a player that almost seemed like he didn’t know how to shoot a basketball when he entered the NBA, Green has shown remarkable improvement in his jumper since being in Dallas. As a rookie Green shot 16 percent on threes, just 4-of-25 on the season. Last season, he shot just over 40 percent, making 68-of-169 threes. Green also shot an astronomical 64.3 percent on his two pointers last season.

The huge spike in shooting efficiency last season was incredible to watch, as Green’s true-shooting percentage (which accounts for twos, threes, and free throws), was off-the-charts, laugh-out-loud funny. We’re talking a true-shooting percentage that hovered above 80 and even 90 percent for the first month of the season.

Even when he cooled off a little, he never completed went cold and finished the season with a 64.5 true-shooting percentage, one of the better marks in the league for a perimeter based rotation player. If Green doesn’t change and is the exact same player or close enough from last season for the next three years, the Mavericks will have a bargain role player on their roster.

The curiosity comes if Green can improve anymore. While his efficiency probably won’t get that much higher, his ability to maintain it while increasing volume will be the next step, as Green still had some issues last season with a slow trigger when open. In addition, Green will need to learn how to be more effective playing next to Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic, as Green put up huge numbers when those two were injured, and more pedestrian numbers when they were healthy. His passing will also be a huge boon to his development, and while no one will confuse Green for an offensive hub-type player, he does boast above average passing for someone that fits the 3-and-D mold.