Kevin Durant, who’s making an average $41 million per season on a four-year, $164.3 million max contract with his third team, put in a historic performance Tuesday night.
But he credited journeyman teammate Jeff Green — who’s made $81,534,789 for his career and is on his fifth consecutive league-minimum contract with his 10th NBA team — with providing the lift.
In his second game back after sitting out six contests with a plantar fascia strain, Green finished with 27 points and drained 7-of-8 from three-point land.
The resilient 34-year-old, whose open-heart surgery forced him to miss the 2011-12 season, might have earned himself a rare chance to stick with the same team next season.
Green is only two teams shy of the NBA record for playing on the most teams (four players have 12). He’s served with the Sonics, Celtics, Grizzlies, Clippers, Magic, Cavaliers, Wizards, Rockets, Jazz, and Nets.
Green has signed one-year deals for the league minimum since 2016-17, starting with Cleveland ($2,328,652), Washington ($2,393,887), Utah ($2,564,753), Houston ($695,526), and Brooklyn ($2,564,753).
While the nomad life has paid off, he yearns for some stability.
“I’d love to settle down in one place,” he said.
Tuesday’s heroics might be enough to keep him in Brooklyn a while longer — and maybe even earn him more than the minimum.