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Al Iannazzone: The Nets will sign Orien Greene to a 10-day contract. Twitter
Orien Greene hasn't played in the NBA since he appeared in seven games with the Sacramento Kings during the 2007-08 season, but he's apparently shown the New Jersey Nets that he deserves another chance as a source has confirmed to FanHouse that Greene has received a 10-day call-up from the team. Greene, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Louisiana-Lafayette, was the 53rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Greene has played in 128 career NBA games, including seven starts, but the defensive stalwart was never able to get his offense going as he averaged just 2.5 points on 39 percent shooting in stints with the Celtics, Kings and Indiana Pacers. FanHouse.com
Meanwhile, at age 28 Greene continues to deliver elite defense for the D-League's Utah Flash, to go with -- as of today -- 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals while making 48 percent of his 3-pointers, and 52 percent of all field goals. How is a guy like this not in the NBA? Ask NBA front offices and you'll hear that he's a perfectly good player, but something of a knucklehead; Near the end of that rookie year he was pulled over going close to 100 miles an hour in suburban Boston, for instance. There have been drug test issues. ESPN.com
Ask Greene -- who has played briefly for the Pacers and Kings, as well as in New Zealand, Jerusalem, Amsterdam and Orem, Utah since leaving the Celtics -- and he'll tell you the same thing. "The drug test. That night in Boston. Everything. ... I would have done a lot of things different. If not for those, maybe I wouldn't be at this point right now," he explains. "That's the thing: I wish that I would have been a little bit more professional when I was in the league." ESPN.com
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