Jeff Green
Jeff Green
34-Year-Old ForwardF
Houston Rockets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Green joined the Wizards last season after a one-year stint with the Cavaliers, and the 12-year veteran started 44 games in 2018-19 -- his most starts since the 2013-14 season. Green shot a respectable 47.5 percent from the field and drilled 1.4 threes per contest on 34.7 percent shooting from deep. Green has shot well for the last two seasons, and it seems his down year in Orlando in 2016-17 was an outlier. His 12.3 points were his most since the 2014-15 season, and he added 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.2 minutes. Those minutes will likely decrease this season, playing for a title contender in Utah rather than a floundering lottery team in Washington. Green could contend for 20 minutes a night, but he's primarily a quality depth addition on a loaded roster who is unlikely to make huge contributions. The Jazz boast a lot of talent at the forward position in Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O'Neale, and Green will almost certainly be more valuable in real-life basketball as a smart veteran than in fantasy basketball as a reserve. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rockets in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Jeffrey Lynn Green was born in Cheverly, Maryland in 1986. He broke out high school, starring at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. As a senior, he averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game, leading his team to a state championship. Green moved on to play collegiate basketball at Georgetown University, where he spent three years and played in a combined 102 games -- all of which were starts. Green's mom, Felicia, attended every one of his collegiate home games, and fans welcomed her to the arena with a special chant each time. You can follow Green on Twitter and Instagram (@Unclejeffgreen).

College/International Summary

Green was the Big East Player of the Year as a junior in the 2006-07 season. Additionally, the guard garnered the 2007 Big East Tournament MVP. Green helped lead Georgetown to the 2007 NCAA Tournament semi-final before the Hoyas fell to Ohio State. Green averaged 14.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game over the five contests in the tournament. He was named to the All-Big East First Team as well, as the Hyattsville, Maryland native led Georgetown in points per game (14.3) and was second in rebounds (6.4) and assists (3.2) per game during the 2006-07 season. Green announced he would enter the 2007 NBA Draft after his junior season. He was drafted fifth overall by the Boston Celtics.

Continues surprising production in loss
FHouston Rockets
August 22, 2020
Green ended with 22 points (8-13 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 119-107 loss to the Thunder.
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Green played a ton of minutes during the loss, supplanting Robert Covington in the closing lineup. Green has been a steady source of offense for the Rockets thus far. We have seen this before from the veteran and while you should be riding him while he is hot, there is certainly scope for him to cool off in a hurry.
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2018

Green played for the Wizards in 2018-19, marking his eighth team over an 11-year NBA career. The 32-year-old played in 77 games, starting 44 of them. He averaged 12.3 points per contest. Encouragingly, Green played 27.2 minutes per night, which was his highest mark since the 2015-16 season. The veteran continued to do most of his damage inside the arc, shooting a career-best 58.6 percent from two-point range. He also made 1.4 three-pointers per game on 34.7 percent shooting from deep. It was the first time Green averaged more than one made three-pointer per game since 2014-15. He also kept up his strong work at the free-throw line, shooting better than 86.3 percent at the stripe for the third straight year. Green also chipped in 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Green has established himself as a reliable veteran presence, having played in 860 regular-season games (541 starts), seeing 25,819 minutes. Green's Wizards finished at 32-50 and did not qualify for the post-season.

2017

Green signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017-2018 season. He played in 78 games and made 13 starts. For the regular season, he averaged 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. On April 6 he scored a season-high 33 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. He handed out a season-high five assists as part of a 130-122 victory over the Washington Wizards on Nov. 3. Green matched that total with another five assists in another win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 2. Following the regular season, he played in 22 playoff games and made two starts. It was the most playoff games in one season played by Green in his career. He averaged 7.7 points per game in the playoffs. On May 27 he started Game 7 against the Boston Celtics and contributed a playoff-high 19 points.

2016

Green signed a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic on the first day of free agency in 2016. He made his Magic debut on Opening Night, Oct. 26 against Miami, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds as Orlando fell by 12. Three days later against Cleveland, Green recorded his only double-double of the season. He put up 10 points (2-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and 10 rebounds to help Orlando keep things close in a six-point loss. Perhaps Green's best game for the Magic came in a Dec. 6 matchup against Washington, when he scored 20 points and grabbed three rebounds to help Orlando win by eight. The injury bug bit late in the year, however, as Green missed the final 11 games of the season with back spasms. He ended his time with the Magic having averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 69 games. He was oddly more productive off the bench than in the starting five, at least in the scoring department, averaging 9.6 points as a reserve. Green's per-36 numbers -- 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds -- were right in line with his career averages, however.

2015

Jeff Green started the 2015-16 season in Memphis, averaging 12,2 points and 4.5 rebounds in the 53 games he played for the Grizzlies that year. Perhaps his best game for the Grizz came in one of his last, a 30-point, eight-rebound showing on Jan. 25 against the Orlando Magic. Green found himself on the move again at the 2016 trade deadline, this time to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clips sent Lance Stephenson and a protected first-round pick to Memphis in exchange for Green. The journeyman forward quickly made an impression on his new teammates. In just his fourth game as a Clipper, a Feb. 26 matchup against Sacramento, Green scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds, helping Los Angeles win by 10. Green played in six playoff games that year as the Clippers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in first round. He averaged 10.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in that series.

2014

Green started the 2014-15 season off with a bang. In just his third game of the year, in an Oct. 29 matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, the forward scored 35 points for Boston and grabbed seven rebounds, to go along with two assists and a steal. He averaged 17.6 points per game through his first 33 games with the Celtics, on pace for a per-game career high. On Nov. 19 Green registered his lone double-double of the season with 11 points, 10 rebounds and two assists during a win at Phily. In January, Green was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team deal that sent Tayshaun Prince, Austin Rivers and a first round pick to Boston. Green joined the Grizzlies right in the middle of their "Grit and Grind" days -- with Zac Randolph and Mike Conley gearing the Grizzlies towards a major playoff run. In just his second game as a Grizzly, a Jan. 16 matchup against Orlando, Green scored 21 points, adding five rebounds and two assists as his new team took down the Magic. He played in all of Memphis' 11 playoff games, with two starts, as the team eliminated the Portland Trail Blazers in Round 1 before falling to eventual NBA Champion Golden State in Round 2. Green averaged 8.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per postseason contest.

2013

Green played in all 82 games in the 2013-14 season, a remarkable achievement considering his open heart surgery from two years prior. He came out of the gate on fire, scoring 25 points and five rebounds on Opening Night, Oct. 30, against Toronto. Green had some eye-popping performances that season, including a 31-point, five-rebound showing in a win over Cleveland on Nov. 29. Green recorded his only two double doubles of the season in consecutive games on Jan. 8 and 10. The first: a 15-point, 11-rebound showing against the Los Angeles Clippers. At Golden State two days later, he scored 24 points and again compiled 11 rebounds. Those two instances were Green's highest rebounding totals of the year. On Feb. 5 against Philadelphia, Green scored 36 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out two assists, helping the Celtics win by six. His season high in scoring was 39, however, and Green hit that mark twice: Jan. 22 against Washington and March 16 against New Orleans. When it was all said and done, Green had accumulated a new career high in scoring at 16.9 ppg. HIs per-36 mark of 17.7 ppg was also the best in his career.

2012

Green started the 2012-13 season with a clean bill of health and played in 81 games for the Celtics. After shaking off the rust of his 2011-12 absence (heart issues), Green showed he had returned to his old self on Nov. 30 with 19 points and three rebounds against Portland. That was the start of an offensive burst which saw Green average 14.3 points over eight straight games. He was dominant in a Feb. 22 win over Phoenix and posted 31 points and seven rebounds. Green closed the season on a tear, which included a 43- point, seven-rebound showing against Miami on Mar.18. On Mar. 26 against New York, Green put together his only double-double of the season, a 19-point, 10-rebound effort. The veteran power forwarded improved his play in the postseason, when he started all six playoff games for Boston versus the Knicks. He tallied 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 three-pointers per playoff contest.

2011

Green missed the entire 2011-2012 season with an aortic root aneurysm, discovered by doctors at a routine physical before the start of the season. He underwent surgery and then endured a 9-month long recovery process.

2010

Jeff Green started the season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and came out firing -- scoring 21 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in an 11 point win over the Chicago Bulls on Opening Night. Green averaged over 15 points and almost six rebounds in 49 games for the Thunder. At the February trade deadline, Green was sent to the Boston Celtics alongside Nenad Krstic in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. On Mar. 4, in his fourth game for the Celtics, Green scored 21 points and swiped the ball twice in a win over the Warriors. Green suited up for nine playoff games for the Celtics that season, averaging over seven points and three assists as the team made it to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Green's best playoff showing that year came on Apr. 22 against the Celtics' first round opponent, the New York Knicks. He scored nine points and added four rebounds as Boston won Game 3 of that series by 17 points.

2009

Green played in all 82 games in the 2009-10 season, starting every time. He showed out on Opening Night, an Oct. 23 contest against the Sacramento Kings. Green scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Thunder won by 13. Less than a week later against the Portland Trail Blazers, Green recorded the first of his 11 double doubles from that season, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Perhaps Green's best game of the season came on Feb. 21 against Minnesota, when he scored 17 points and pulled in 14 rebounds to go along with three steals. Following a regular season in which he averaged 15.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per contest, Green made his first six career appearances in the NBA Playoffs, averaging 11.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as the Thunder fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in a six-game opening round series.

2008

Green moved with the Sonics from Seattle ahead of the 2008-09 season, remaining with the same franchise while donning the new uniform of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The change of cities didn't affect Green's development, as he grew his production significantly across the board. Green added six full points and two full rebounds onto his rookie-season averages, giving him 16.5 points and 6.7 boards per game along with 1.0 steals. He improved his efficiency from every part of the court, but especially from behind the three-point line. After making 0.3 threes per game at a 27.6 percent rate in his rookie year, Green found his touch as a sophomore, making 1.2 threes per game at a shining 38.9 percent clip. He scored 20-plus points on 25 occasions, topping out with a 33-point performance Dec. 14 against the Spurs. Green also racked up 13 double-doubles, including a 27-point performance with a career-high 15 rebounds against the Warriors on Feb. 21.

2007

The fifth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Celtics, Green was the centerpiece of Boston's trade for Ray Allen ahead of the 2007-08 season. He stepped into a major role for Seattle as a rookie, starting 52 times among 80 appearances and providing 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 combined steals/blocks per game. The Georgetown product scored 19 points in his sixth NBA game, Nov. 9 against Utah. He went on to score 20-plus points five times -- including a 35-point, 10-rebound outburst against Denver on Apr. 6. Green also double-doubled another three times on the year, recording a season-high 14 rebounds twice in the process. For his efforts, Green made the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2007
    Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft. Traded by the Boston Celtics with Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and a 2008 2nd round draft pick (Trent Plaisted was later selected) to the Seattle SuperSonics for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.
  • February 24, 2011
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Nenad Krstic, 2012 1st round draft pick (Fab Melo was later selected) and cash to the Boston Celtics for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.
  • January 12, 2015
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Boston Celtics to the Memphis Grizzlies; the Grizzlies traded Tayshaun Prince and a future 1st round draft pick to the Celtics; the Grizzlies traded Quincy Pondexter and a 2015 2nd round draft pick (Branden Dawson was later selected) to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Pelicans traded Austin Rivers to the Celtics; and the Pelicans traded Russ Smith to the Grizzlies. (Memphis will receive a traded player exception.)
  • February 18, 2016
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Clippers for Lance Stephenson and a 2019 1st round draft pick (Matisse Thybulle was later selected). (1st-rd pick from LAC to MEM will convey 2 years after LAC sends pick to TOR and is lottery protected)
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a one-year contract with the Orlando Magic
  • July 11, 2017
    Signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • July 10, 2018
    Signed as a free agent a one-year agreement with the Washington Wizards.
  • July 20, 2019
    Signed as a free agent a one-year agreement with the Utah Jazz.
  • December 24, 2019
    Waived by the Utah Jazz
  • February 18, 2020
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets.
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After a brutal one-year stop in Orlando where Green shot just 39.4 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from deep, Green opted to join the title-contending Cavaliers, where he enjoyed some improvements overall offensively. He significantly upped his field goal percentage to 47.7 percent and saw a slight uptick from three-point land with a 31.2 percent clip. However, Green was still only a reserve and averaged just 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 23.4 minutes. That kept the 31-year-old off the radar in most season-long leagues and only made him a punt-play in DFS tournament at times. With the departure of LeBron James from Cleveland, Green opted to head elsewhere as well to find another playoff contender. He ultimately inked a one-year, $2.39 million contract with Washington, where he's set to once again serve as depth at small forward and power forward. Otto Porter and Markieff Morris are locked into starting roles, which means Green will have to battle with the likes of Kelly Oubre, Jason Smith and rookie Troy Brown for minutes. As a result, Green's playing time isn't expected to go up, which should limit his utility in most Fantasy leagues once again.
Green was one of the bigger surprises in free agency a season ago, locking in a one-year, $15 million contract with the Magic. He didn't necessarily have the production of someone being paid that salary, however, and he ended up playing just 22.2 minutes per contest. What was most concerning was Green's struggles shooting the ball. He shot career-lows of 39.4 percent from the floor and just 27.5 percent from the three-point line, essentially eliminating his value for both the Magic and Fantasy owners. He completed the season with averages of 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Green will now enter his 10th NBA season with the Cavaliers after being signed to a $2.3 million contract for the upcoming campaign. Green is expected to battle for reserve minutes at both small forward and power forward, though with guys like Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Richard Jefferson all in play, he doesn't have a direct path to playing time. Green is going to have a tough time reaching the 22.2 minutes he saw with the Magic and while his shooting percentages could increase, it likely won't be enough to make him a valuable Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
In his seventh season, Green averaged 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 30 minutes per game during 45 regular season games with the Grizzlies. With a less demanding offensive role than he had on the Celtics, his scoring average dipped post-trade, but he was still somewhat efficient, scoring 13.1 points on 10.9 field goal attempts per game. Green shot 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the arc, and 83 percent from the free-throw line with the Grizzlies during the regular season. However, he struggled badly in the playoffs, managing only 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 27 minutes per game on 33 percent from the field, 22 percent from downtown, and 85 percent from the charity stripe. The Grizzlies' acquisition of Matt Barnes means that Green might also need to carve out considerable time at the four if he hopes to maintain last year's 30 minutes per game load.
Green entered the 2013-14 season as "the man" in Boston. After finishing off the previous season with two strong months, Green was set to lead the Celtics without the departed Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and the injured Rajon Rondo. Green didn't fare well as opponents' primary target. He finished with a career-high 16.9 points per game, but his shooting percentage took a hit (41 percent overall, 34 percent three-pointers), while he hoisted a career-high 14.3 shots per game. If he's not going to be a pure scorer, Green needs to do other things, but that doesn't seem like it's in his wheelhouse. He averaged 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 34 minutes per game. It's become apparent that Green is more of complementary piece, which is frustrating because he's capable of more. Some of his disappointing play had to do with having a roster full of new faces and the experimentation that came along with it, but he's getting paid to produce more – and more consistently. A full season with Rondo might help, but entering his walk year, Rondo's not a guarantee to survive the entire season with Boston. And Green might not be long for the city. He's got two years left on his deal ($9.2 million per season), but the Celtics might listen if a contender comes calling. They've added a couple of bodies – free agent Evan Turner and draft pick James Young – that can play the small forward spot. Green will open the season as the starting three and should once again be among the team's leaders in shots.
Green is someone who could win some leagues this year if he goes late enough in drafts. He's a difficult guy to project in 2013-14, not only because key cogs, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are gone, but because he has the stigma of a guy that will disappear from game to game. However, when he is given plenty of looks and asserts himself, the rewards for fantasy owners are fantastic. Consider, in a March 18 game against the Heat last season, Green had 43 points, seven boards, two steals, four blocks and five three-pointers with Kevin Garnett out of the lineup. Sure, that's a cherry-picked box score, but small forwards that can go for 43 points against a healthy Heat team don't necessarily grow on trees. Green enters 2013-14 as the wing man to the most unselfish star in the league, Rajon Rondo, and the lone credible scoring option on a young Celtics team. He started just 17 games last year, yet now he'll be the go-to option. It's hard to find a guy with more upside than that. With a shooting line of .467/.385/.808 last season, we know Green won't do much damage to any rate stats. We can also look at 2009-10 when Green averaged a career-high 37 minutes per game and subsequently averaged a career best 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. I think that's the low-end of what to expect from him on defense this year. The one area where Green will fail to match his contemporaries is assists, as he's never averaged better than 2.0 per game in a season.
Green enters the season healthy after missing all of 2011-2012 with an aortic aneurysm. Once a legitimate threat to drop twenty points any night, Green is now more akin to Greg Oden and other injury-riddled busts. However, don't write Green off just yet. He returns to a Celtics squad in dire need of experienced forward play off the bench, something Green can readily supply. Expect a motivated Green to be a decent source of scoring and rebounding in deeper leagues.
By now, you must have heard that Green will not be playing this season because of an aortic aneurism. The Celtics will void the one-year contract he signed in December and they retain his rights for next season. He’s expected to make a recovery and resume his career in 2012. As Green recovers, the Celtics will determine if he’s part of the core group going forward.
Green isn't a prototype power forward – at 6-9 and 235 pounds, he's more of a four in a three's body. But he's a heady player with the athleticism to out-quick most opposing bigs – especially when he takes them out to the perimeter – and because he shares a lineup with Kevin Durant and the rapidly emerging Russell Westbrook, Green rarely gets a ton of attention from opposing defenses. As a fantasy option, Green doesn't really excel in any one area – he scored just over 15 points per game last season, grabbed six boards and averaged just over two combined blocks/steals; his value is tied to his across-the-board production. And his outside shooting – over 100 made threes in 2009-10 – is a nice bonus. Green will be 25 when the season begins, and should just be entering his prime, so continued development and improvement is to be expected, though it will be interesting to see whether there's any after-effect to his spending the summer working out with Team USA in advance of the World Championships in Turkey.
Predictably, Green showed marked improvement during his sophomore campaign last year, averaging 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. The big gain occurred from downtown, as he went from making 0.3 three pointers per game during his rookie season to nailing 1.2 on average in 2008-09. Green’s game doesn’t stand out in any one area, but he’s an effective player with plenty of room for further growth. Having Kevin Durant as a teammate only helps, as he’ll never face the opponents’ best defender or see double teams. Russell Westbrook is fast developing into one of the better point guards in the NBA, and the Thunder have the makings of a sneaky-productive offensive team. Green isn’t all that big for a power forward, but he’s quicker than most, and because he can take advantage away from the basket, he’s often a mismatch for opposing defenses. In an effort not to overwork the sophomore, Oklahoma City cut back Green’s minutes toward the end of last season, but his production in February alone (20.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.3 3PT) shows the kind of upside he possesses.
The season totals for Green’s rookie year really don’t tell the whole story – his 10.5 points and 4.7 boards per game are far less impressive than the 15.6 and 6.3 he posted while averaging 37 minutes in April. With a season’s worth of NBA experience under his belt, his improvement will continue. On an Oklahoma City team in the midst of a youth movement, we expect Green to get the bulk of his minutes at the four spot this year, with rookie Russell Westbrook taking over at the two and Kevin Durant moving to his more natural three position. Playing closer to the basket should mean more rebounds for Green this year. Our only concern is him getting caught up in a forward rotation that’s starting to look a bit crowded – with veterans like Chris Wilcox, Nick Collison and newly-acquired Joe Smith and Desmond Mason all in the mix.
Green is in many ways reminiscent of last year’s Rookie of the Year, Brandon Roy – a young player with a very mature game. One of the keys to Georgetown’s Final Four run last season, Green has the size to play either forward position, a good mid-range jumper, the ability to score in the paint and is a very good passer. Green’s court smarts and defensive ability should make him an immediate favorite of new Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo. We expect him to contribute immediately as part of a forward tandem with Kevin Durant, and to be one of the more valuable rookies this season.
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Scores 22 to go with full line
FHouston Rockets
August 18, 2020
Green compiled 22 points (8-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 123-108 Game 1 win over the Thunder.
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Drops 17 in Friday's loss
FHouston Rockets
August 15, 2020
Green scored 17 points (8-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding four assists, a steal and a block in 25 minutes during Friday's 134-96 loss to the 76ers.
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Starting Friday
FHouston Rockets
August 14, 2020
Green will start Friday's finale against the 76ers, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Coming off bench Wednesday
FHouston Rockets
August 12, 2020
Green will come off the bench Wednesday against the Pacers, Ben DuBose of The Rockets Wire reports.
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Set to start
FHouston Rockets
August 11, 2020
Green will start Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Cayleigh Griffin of ATT SportsNet Southwest reports.
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