JaMychal Green of the Denver Nuggets shoots during an NBA playoff game against the Golden State Warriors on April 16, 2022, in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) JaMychal Green’s offseason journey led him to the Golden State Warriors, who announced the former Alabama standout as the team’s newest member on Monday. “I didn’t see myself being here at first,” Green admitted. “I was preparing to go somewhere else. I was in Jamaica when I got a call from (Warriors coach) Steve Kerr. I couldn’t say no after talking with him. I just felt like I’d like to be a part of the organization and what they’ve built over here.” Green was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on draft night by the Denver Nuggets. However, the rebuilding Thunder had no plans for Green in the 2022-23 season. “I believe we’ll find a situation for him that isn’t with us,” Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said, “but not because we don’t value him as a player, but because of where he is right now and how our team is designed.” But he’s an important player. He’s a tough guy. He can hit shots. We’ll see what happens, but my hope is that we can work it out.” Green eventually accepted the Thunder’s offer to buy out his $8.2 million contract for next season. He signed with the Warriors after clearing waivers. The contract’s terms have not been disclosed, but if he signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, it would be worth $2.629 million. Green stated that he has known Draymond Green since they were in eighth grade and that he spoke with the Golden State center prior to signing. “I’m just here to play hard,” Green explained. “Act like a dog. Do the dirty work, assist Draymond with the dirty work, knock down shots, and play defense, so I’m just here to play hard.” JaMychal Green’s defensive versatility allows him to fill the frontcourt minutes that Warriors reserves Nemanja Bjelic, Otto Porter Jr., and Juan Toscano-Anderson contributed last season before leaving this offseason. “They’re already in place,” Green said. “They just won the championship, so my job is to come in and do my part to help them gel.” Just find my spots and figure it out. I’ll be able to figure those things out once I’ve gotten to know the team.” Green averaged 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game for the Nuggets in his eighth NBA season, his lowest averages since his rookie year. Green, who was a 38 percent 3-point shooter in his NBA career prior to last season, shot only 26.6 percent from beyond the arc in 2021-22. “I had a wrist injury, so that affected my shooting a lot,” Green explained. “As the season progressed, I just stopped shooting period and started working around the basket more.” “It all comes down to repetitions and confidence.” I’ll be fine as long as I get my reps by the end of the summer. Last year, I was going through a lot and had a bad shooting year. It will stand up.” Green coached St. Jude of Montgomery to AHSAA Class A titles in 2006 and 2008. As a senior, he won Alabama’s Mr. Basketball Award while also being a McDonald’s All-American. Green was a first-team All-SEC selection as a junior and a second-team selection as a senior at Alabama. Green averaged 13.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 123 games for the Crimson Tide over four seasons. Almost three years after his final game at Alabama, Green made his way into the NBA on a series of three 10-day contracts in 2015 after playing overseas and in the NBA Development League. From there, he worked his way into the starting lineup for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Green joined the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade with the Grizzlies on Feb. 7, 2019, and he re-signed with the Clippers for the 2019-20 season. He joined the Nuggets as a free agent in 2020. In 487 NBA regular-season games, Green has averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. He’s also played in 49 postseason games but has not reached the NBA Finals. Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.