HoopsHype Gerald Green rumors

April 20, 2012 Updates

His story is littered with the typical warning signs that plague a basketball prodigy who was awarded way too much way too soon. He is now straying away from that usual narrative into the sustainable career he once dreamed about. The Nets will fail to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season. The organization is already steered to the summer, to moving to Brooklyn, to its attempt at retaining Deron Williams. These last few games are also the most important of Green's life because they will help determine where he goes next year. "I never would think that I would be back here in the NBA," Green said. "I just would have never thought. I knew I was never going to stop trying. I just thought I blew my chance. A lot of times you get a good opportunity and it never comes again. And I got a second chance." Green looked down at his socks. They bore the silhouette of Jerry West, the NBA's logo. "I can't even tell you, man, how good it is just to be wearing these socks right now," he said. Grantland

Billy King (Nets general manager): "You never know why [Green was out the league for so long]. Sometimes, it's the player. They change. But a lot of times it's just the situation they're put in and the environment, whether it's Jeremy Lin getting to New York and Mike [D'Antoni] just finally putting him into the game. Same thing with Gerald." Grantland

Still, the Celtics traded Green after two seasons with a package that included Al Jefferson and Sebastian Telfair — two other prep-to-pro players — for Kevin Garnett. Green conceded that the trade from Boston shook his confidence. "But at the time, we wasn't winning," he said. "Paul [Pierce] and a lot of players — not to a point a finger — but a lot of players were just going through the motions, just trying to get through this game and get to the next game. When you're winning, you worry about every day, every day just trying to get better. When you're losing, it's 'OK, Let's just hurry up and get through this and get out of here.' When you're winning, it's a whole different atmosphere. I didn't understand a winning atmosphere until I got to Dallas. When I got to Dallas, that's when I understood, 'Wow. We've got to really take things seriously. These people don't play.' Because it's going to build up until you get to around this time and playoffs hit and you've got to be right. You've got to be ready. You can't be asking the same questions in April that you asked in November." Grantland

The Nets offered Green a second 10-day contract and guaranteed him for the season on March 18. He guarded Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, and Metta World Peace in a game against the Lakers. "He's a much better defender than he was when Doc had him," Johnson said. Green has scored 20 points or more in seven games and dropped 32 points in an overtime game against Cleveland. He did this against the Rockets. The play is familiar to those that know him even if it came as largely a surprise to the NBA. "He still jumps out the gym," Nelson said. "He still shoots the hell out of the basketball. So what is he doing now that he didn't do before? His confidence is up. He's got confidence now. You've got to understand, when you go to the D-league and when you go overseas, at that stage of the game, you have nothing else to lose besides being sent home." Grantland

Green will again be without a team this summer. But it should not take long before he lands another job and his NBA future is finally secure. "Everybody wants to be a superstar," Green said. "I understand that probably won't be me. I just want to be a productive player in this league. When I retire, I want people to look at me and say, 'Gerald Green, he was a winner. He brung it every night. He didn't give up. And that's what I want to be about. I want people to remember me not just as a dunker." Grantland

April 18, 2012 Updates

He has said it before but Wednesday Gerald Green said it again. Just a little more emphatically. Green wants to be with the Nets next season and would even offer a hometown discount. “Here, definitely with the Nets,” Green said when asked for his preference. “I have a strong feeling I’m going to be with the Nets. I don’t feel like I’m going to be anywhere else. I know I’m not getting any feedback now from anybody. I can’t. Can’t talk to anybody. So I have a strong feeling about here. They want me here I want to be here. It’s not like I have to weigh my options. I really don’t have any options.” New York Post

Now if someone blew him away with a ridiculous offer, he’d have to accept. But in a comparable market the Nets would be his first choice. He would even take less money he said, to stay. “Most definitely I would,” Green said without pause. “I’m about loyalty and this team was the first team to pick me up for the year. They gave me an opportunity. They gave me a shot. Look what they’re doing. Our record doesn’t speak for itself. We’re a lot better team than our record says. "I strongly feel that and everybody on this team does too. So I think this season was a season where we can kind of see where we’re at and I would love to be a part of what’s going on in the future.” New York Post

April 6, 2012 Updates

"I'm trying to play with my head and not my athleticism," Green said. "This league has a lot of athletes. I know I need to be more than that. I'm a lot smarter. Defensively, I've learned rotations better. I had to develop somewhere. My high school is closed down. I couldn't get tips from my college coaches because I didn't go to one. I've been trying to learn as much as I can but I have always been on the move, learning from four or five different teams." SI.com

April 4, 2012 Updates
March 26, 2012 Updates

What would you have done differently? Gerald Green: I think I would’ve just been more of a student of the game than I was—like that I am now. I think defensively I’m a lot better. I think I’m a better player offensively too, because I think I use my brain more instead of just trying to use my athleticism. I think I’m a lot smarter than I was when I came into the league. SLAM

What were the experiences overseas and in the D-League like? How much of a sacrifice was it to continue playing basketball? Gerald Green: It’s definitely a sacrifice, especially in the D-League. I mean you get nothing in the D-League. As far as basketball-wise, that’s the only thing that is good about the D-League. You cannot do anything to help yourself out or your family out financially with the D- League. There’s no way. The only thing you can do in the D-League, it’s good because you’re able to showcase your talent to a lot of teams and have another opportunity. Hopefully your talent that you’re showing can open up some different opportunities for you that are better than the D-League. That’s what’s so good about the D-League. Overseas, sometimes you can have a nice job and they’ll pay some money but you’re just not happy because you’re gonna be in a city that doesn’t speak [your] language and this, this and this. But at the end of the day, it’s still basketball. It’s still one of the best jobs in the world to have. It’s just not the NBA, but it’s still a good job. It’s still a really good job to have. SLAM

March 18, 2012 Updates

Gerald Green, the electric forward the Nets had rescued from the D-League after the All-Star break and whose second 10-day contract ran out after Saturday's loss to New Orleans, has been signed for the rest of the season, the team announced today. Green, a 6-8 leaper whose high-flying dunks have wowed Nets fans for the last three weeks, is averaging 11.7 points in 11 games for the Nets, all off the bench. He has scored double figures in each of the last five games for the Nets, getting 16 on Saturday, a team-high 14 on Friday against Orlando, and a game-high 26 in the win over Toronto on Wednesday. Newark Star-Ledger

Gerald Green has proven he is a keeper, and the Nets think so, too. Green’s second 10-day contract expires Sunday, and the 6-foot-8 D-League call up will be signed through the remainder of the season. There was talk of a deal to include next season as well but both sides want to keep their options open. “I’ve seen a lot of players on 10-day contracts and I would say what he’s done, independent of tonight’s game, he’s been really good,” said coach Avery Johnson before the Nets’ 102-94 loss to the Hornets at the Prudential Center Saturday night. “We want him to stay in the program and hopefully it will all work out. “We’re talking,” Johnson said of Green finalizing a veteran’s minimum deal. “Hopefully I’ll have some news, really good news for you guys on Monday as it relates to that.” New York Post

March 17, 2012 Updates

When he came into the league out of high school, he thought he knew everything when he really knew nothing. But after trades and releases, bouncing around, he thinks he has found a home with the Nets. And though there is talk of Green being signed for next season, he just wants to make it through to the end of this campaign. His second and final 10-day deal expires Sunday. “Honestly, I haven’t really spoken with my agent yet,” Green said, who scored 14 points, all in the first half, to lead the Nets, who lost 86-70 to the Magic Friday night. “Right now, we’re talking about just signing me for the end of this year. I think they were talking about things for next year, but right now it’s just this year. “So we talked about it and we haven’t really closed anything yet, but they’re talking about having me here for the rest of the year, maybe next year.” New York Post

March 16, 2012 Updates
March 15, 2012 Updates

Mike Trudell: Kupchak said the Lakers did consider calling up Gerald Green from the @DFenders, but they already had 5 small forwards. Twitter

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