HoopsHype Donte Greene rumors

June 27, 2012 Updates
March 26, 2012 Updates

Donté Greene knows the final 18 games of this season are of supreme importance. Such is life for a fourth-year player at the end of his rookie contract with no assurances he will be re-signed following this season. Greene's approach to the rest of the season is simple. "Just play, really," he said. "Go out and work hard before the games or in practice time and just try to be ready. It's a contract year for me; it's a big last (18) games of the season so (I'll) just try to work hard." Sacramento Bee

Greene has shown reasons for the Kings to keep him, but the team needs to see more commitment by Greene to being a player who can contribute consistently if they are to commit to him long term. Kings coach Keith Smart describes Greene's skills as "intriguing." "I shared with him that 'You've got to get to the point, with your size, (playoff) contenders are knocking down our door saying give us this guy; that's where your game has to grow to,' " Smart said. So, if the Kings haven't seen the best of Greene, they will have to decide how long to wait, and how much to invest, to see if he becomes a consistent contributor. Sacramento Bee

January 12, 2012 Updates

Diehard Sacramento Kings fan Kevin Fippin wanted to propose to his long-time girlfriend Lydia Nicolaisen. So before he popped the question on New Year’s Eve, he recruited the services of a Sacramento Kings fan favorite. Cowbell Kingdom

November 27, 2011 Updates

Any plans to get the team together sooner rather than later to get a head start on training camp? Donte Greene: I don’t know. It’s up to our team captains of course – Tyreke (Evans) and Francisco (Garcia). See what they decide. I’m all for coming back early and working out. I’m actually in the process right now of packing! Started packing today and ready just to move my fam back out and everything. Cowbell Kingdom

November 9, 2011 Updates
October 6, 2011 Updates

But apparently, the battle for bragging rights was enough to convince Gay that he would participate in the next show to determine which coast has the best players. After weeks of wrangling and tense negotiations, the Goodman League-Drew League rematch will finally take place on Sunday at Long Beach State University and Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls confirmed that Gay would join forces with Durant, Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Beasley, Sam Young and Donte Greene. Gay, Durant and Wall are also expected to participate in another exhibition game hosted by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Saturday at Florida International University in Miami, but Rawls said all three would complete the difficult back-to-back set. They will meet a fired-up Drew League team eager for revenge and featuring Harden, Jennings, Nick Young, Derrick Williams, DeMar Derozan, Dorell Wright, Craig Smith, Marcus Banks and Ryan Hollins. Washington Post

August 17, 2011 Updates

As of late Sunday, the Goodman-Shaw League showdown was still on for next Saturday at Washington, D.C.'s Trinity University. The confirmed participants were, for the Goodman (D.C.) squad, Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Gary Neal, Michael Beasley, Grizzlies rookie Josh Selby and forward Sam Young, Kings big men DeMarcus Cousins and Donte Greene, And1 star Hugh (Baby Shaq) Jones and D.C. guard Warren (D-Nice) Jefferson. The Shaw (L.A.) League has commitments from Brandon Jennings, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Dorell Wright, Nick Young, JaVale McGee and Pooh Jeter. Durant warmed up for the battle this past weekend by leading his Madness team to the Goodman championship game on Sunday with 44 points. The Shaw game will end a whirlwind summer of playing for the Thunder's superstar, who told the Washington Post he's set an October 1 deadline for deciding whether he'll play abroad if the lockout continues into the regular season. NBA.com

July 29, 2011 Updates
July 19, 2011 Updates

But the union has been telling players for more than two years to save their money, not to buy expensive toys that would be hard to re-sell or get rid of in a hurry. And even though Greene acknowledges he doesn't know all of the minutiae of the discussions with the league, he says he paid attention when it came to expenses. "When I came in the league, three years ago, there was already talk about the lockout," he said. "I started saving my rookie year. I didn't really think it was going to happen. But it's here, and it's real. So you've got to be smart. Myself, I cut back on a lot of things. I moved from Sacramento. I don't even live in Sacramento anymore. I moved out of my house in Sacramento. All I have is my grandmother's house in Baltimore, and I have a house in Charlotte with my family. You've got to do little ways to save money. So cutting back was definitely a big thing for me. I turned in my BMW." NBA.com

July 17, 2011 Updates

This summer, with the NBA in lockout mode and summer league games cancelled, Greene decided to spend his summer at home. The 23-year-old Baltimore native is one of the NBA regulars in the Goodman League, which plays indoors at Spingarn High School (in D.C.) on weekends, and outside at Barry Farms during the week. Saturday afternoon, Greene suited up for Lincoln Park, as they took on the undefeated Running Rebels. Greene scored 24 points and, along with leading scorer and Goodman League veteran Ojo Dele, who had 32, handed the Rebels their first loss of the season, 128-123. “We have a good league and good competition,” said Greene, who met league commissioner Miles Rawls when he was still in high school. “A lot of pros, a lot of overseas guys come back home and play. It’s a good way to stay in shape and try to have fun at the same time.” Washington Times

June 25, 2011 Updates
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January 7, 2011 Updates

We'll file that one away in the Things-That-Make-You-Go-Hmmm department, especially since Casspi had only played 30-plus minutes four times previously (the last time coming on Dec. 6). Meanwhile, third-year small forward Donte' Greene has played a combined 15 minutes in the last five games and -- according to one source close to the Kings -- is more likely to be traded than Casspi. FanHouse.com

November 18, 2010 Updates

Donte' Greene is usually one of the players around for postgame interviews. He was gone fast this time, so there was no chance to ask about his contribution. Here's what Westphal said about Greene: "I was really pleased with Donte (Greene) tonight. Donte has had it rough these last two weeks, and he's stayed ready. I had a talk with him today and I said look, Donte, I know it's not easy what you're going through and I've made some tough choices. Coaches, when they make tough choices, are always evaluating them and things don't always stay the same as the choices get evaluated. The only thing you can do is stay ready, because if you're not ready when you get your chance - and you will get your chance - when you get it and you're not ready, then you can only blame yourself. Even if you're upset - and anybody would understand if you are - the only thing you can do is be ready, and he was ready. I thought he played an excellent game." Sacramento Bee

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