Gerald Green RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:194 lbs. / 88.4 kg.
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:194 lbs. / 88.4 kg.
“I do want to come back,” Green said. “I think they do want me back, too … I just talked to Lon (Babby, president of basketball operations). It was a good conversation so I’m a little positive about that.”
“The numbers show pretty clearly that Gerald is not the terrible defensive player he is being made out to be,” Bradbury said. “The Suns played him a lot last year, they liked what he brought, when he was rolling, the team was rolling, and no one was out there complaining about his defense. “It’s unfortunate because the team isn’t where some people thought it would or should be at this point in the season. I’m not sure why that falls on one guy all of a sudden, especially when they have known all along what they have with Gerald. He can score, and can score a lot quickly, when you give him the minutes. He brings it on the defensive end, consistent with what the team brings as a unit. But when you hear the coach saying he is so bad that he can’t be on the floor? That’s nonsense. You have to wonder where that comes from and why.”
“It’s completely unfair to misrepresent Gerald and his game like this,” Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports told Sporting News. “You’re talking about a player that wants to win at any cost and is a tremendous locker guy and teammate. I don’t see the benefit for the coach to go about things this way.” Green is in his second year with the Suns and posted his best game of the season Wednesday night against the Mavericks, scoring 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting. But after averaging 15.8 points in 28.4 minutes a game last season, he is down to 11.8 in 19.3 minutes this year. He can be a free agent this summer.
“I feel like I could’ve helped a lot more than I did this season,” Green said. “Those decisions weren’t up to me. If I play, I’ll go out and give it my best. I don’t really get excited about games any more because I don’t know if I’m going to play. These type of games don’t excite me any more. They don’t give me confidence. “I don’t want to get too excited because I know the next game I might not play.”
“In the beginning, I thought I was playing better than last year but I guess other people thought otherwise,” said Green, who started 48 games, averaged 15.8 points and made 40 percent of 3-pointers last season. “It hasn’t been the same (since the Chicago game). I ain’t gonna lie. It’s been frustrating because I know I can help win.”
Even after it all, the 29-year-old still said he would rather re-sign with Phoenix and retire with the Suns. This is the first time Green has played successive years with the same NBA team since his first two seasons with Boston (2005-07). “I want to be here but I just don’t know if they want me here,” Green said. “Because if you want somebody, you show them. I didn’t think I was playing that bad and now we’re here.”
Green spent the next two years in Russia, but his lowest point of his career came in China in 2012. Green played four games for the Guangdong Foshan Dralions before he was cut because his team had lost all four, even though he was averaging 27 points. Out of options, Green returned to the States and entered the D-League. “Gerald was humiliated,” Williams says. “He was humiliated. I know he was. But he never said nothing about it to me. He just said, ‘Coach, I had to go through something and now I’m back.’”
So, no. Gerald Green doesn’t want to talk about dunks. “Nah, hell no,” he says. “I don’t want to be remembered for dunks, even though that will probably happen. Hopefully I can win a ring before it’s all said and done. Hopefully they’ll remember me as being a champion.”
The Suns have been engaged in talks involving Thomas and guard Gerald Green prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, but there are no assurances Phoenix will find a deal for them.
Adrian Wojnarowski: If the Suns make a move before deadline, it is far more likely to include Isaiah Thomas and/or Gerald Green, league sources tell Yahoo.
When and how to use them, however, is not something that is finitely and foolishly planned before other resolutions take place. On Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough explained some of the more immediate concerns before those long-term tools come into play. “It’s not something we predetermine,” McDonough said. “We have it set up now where we have a decent amount in the summer of 2015. We have some key free agents this summer in Goran Dragic and Gerald Green that we’d like to re-sign. We’ll see how it goes.”
On Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough explained some of the more immediate concerns before those long-term tools come into play. “It’s not something we predetermine,” McDonough said. “We have it set up now where we have a decent amount in the summer of 2015. We have some key free agents this summer in Goran Dragic and Gerald Green that we’d like to re-sign. We’ll see how it goes. Right now our main focus is trying to win as many games as we can, trying to make the playoffs. If we do get there, win in the playoffs. After the season’s over, we’ll re-evaluate and see where we are in terms of the draft and free agency.”
Green is playing fewer minutes per game this season (22.2 entering Friday night vs. 28.4 last season) because he started 48 times last season, but he also was down to 18.2 minutes per game during the win streak. Isaiah Thomas’ struggles and opponent’s backcourt size prompted Green to play more in this week’s losses at New Orleans and Oklahoma City. Green entered Friday’s games with the 13th highest scoring rate in the NBA, averaging 30.0 points per 48 minutes. Only starters are ahead of him now that Golden State’s Marreese Speights is a starter. “It’s frustrating at times, I’m not going to lie, because I’m a basketball player, but I know everybody has made sacrifices on this team,” Green said. “I just don’t want to be the only person who is pouting about it. Certain games aren’t going to be my game. Certain games aren’t going to be other people’s games. As long as we win with the main goal to make the playoffs, that’s all that matters.”
Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek has used the three of them together when he’s wanted to push the pace. Offensively, that’s a lot to handle. The strategy has obvious defensive drawbacks, though, especially when the opponent has a post-up threat on the wing. Finding the proper balance has been tricky. “They’re all used to having the ball in their hands quite a bit, and they’re still trying to figure it out,” Hornacek said. “And so are we [the coaching staff]. It’s not just those three guys — we have Gerald Green at the guard position also. And everyone goes, ‘Ehh, we can just slide him over to the 3 spot,’ but then we have P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris.”
BDA Sports Management has signed Washington Wizards center Nenê and Phoenix Suns small forward Gerald Green for representation on and off the court.
Scott Souza: Former #Celtics forward Gerald Green: I didn’t understand Doc Rivers when I was here. I thought it was high school, AAU. I was too young.
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