HoopsHype Willie Green rumors

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"It's admirable that they're fighting for the guys not in the league yet, but is it smart? That's the big question," another team executive told me recently. "They're fighting for Harrison Barnes. They're fighting for Austin Rivers. They're fighting for Andre Drummond. But the thing that they're missing is, why aren't they fighting for Willie Green right now? Why aren't they fighting for Brian Cardinal? Willie Green will never make up those two weeks. Brian Cardinal will never make up those two weeks they just lost. And at what point will these guys say, 'We've got to fight?'" CBSSports.com

May 5, 2011 Updates

Backup guard Willie Green, whose contract expires June 30, making him an unrestricted free agent, said he’d wholeheartedly welcome a return to the Hornets next season if a new deal can be worked out. “I’d love to be back here,” Green said. “I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It was a great opportunity playing for Coach Monty (Williams), and the fellows in the locker room were great. I’d look forward to that. “I can definitely see myself continuing my career here. My family had a great time. The city is great, the culture, the people. I think New Orleans is a jewel, just from that standpoint, the city, the people, the culture, the food, the fans, the support. It was a great experience. I can see myself being here because what they’re trying to build here is going to be great.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

Green had the unusual experience of playing for Williams, someone with whom he played with the Philadelphia 76ers. “It was weird, but it was cool just because I knew what he expected from me,” Green said. “We didn’t have to say a lot of words to each other. It was just a matter of eye contact. I knew I’d come in every day and work hard, but work even harder just because I know Monty. We’re friends off the court. It was definitely fun and a good experience.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 30, 2011 Updates

They must decide if they are going to bring back forward Carl Landry and guard Willie Green, who will both become free agents. Backup center Aaron Gray also can opt of his deal to pursue free agency. Jason Smith, David Andersen and Belinelli will become free agents. Also, Demps and Williams must wait to see if West re-signs or opts of his current deal. Coming off knee surgery, West may not draw a contract offer better than the $7.5 million he is scheduled to make next season if he does not opt out. “I think you always look at opportunities to get better,’’ Demps said Friday. “But again, from where started to where we finished, I think we’re in the right direction, and we want to build off that.’’ After completing their physicals and exit interviews Friday morning, most of the Hornets’ players refrained from specifying needs the team should address through free agency or trades. “Obviously, we came up short,’’ backup guard Jarrett Jack said. “A couple of reasons were pretty obvious. I’m sure Coach and Dell will do the necessary things to make us a more competitive ballclub.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 14, 2011 Updates

That kind of work ethic manifested itself one Christmas when (Willie) Green was insistent on wanting to have a drum set for Christmas, getting inspiration from needing to stay focused, of all places, at church where he spent many hours as a kid growing up. “In church you always need to have something to do, and there was always something about the sound of a beat that got to me,” he said. “I begged them for it and got it when I was either seven or eight years old, and once I got it they never got another peaceful night of sleep.” NBA.com

January 4, 2011 Updates

When Willie Green was traded by the 76ers to the New Orleans Hornets, he spoke about it being one of the toughest days of his life. Recent events have helped Green realize that trades are way down on a list of importance. In the early morning of Dec. 20, a few hours after watching Green play a game in Detroit, his sister, Tamara Green, and a cousin, Gary Green, were killed in a car accident. Green missed five games after the tragedy, but is now back with his team and trying to put one of the most difficult times of his life behind him. "I'm a faithful and spiritual guy," Green said. "As tough as it was and is and is going to be, I just believe these are the times you rely on the love and support of your family and lean on your faith, knowing that God is in control of everything. This is going to be a tough situation, no matter what happens, but life continues to go on. The people that I lost are going to be in my memories and in my heart. Philadelphia Daily News

Forward Jason Smith, who was traded along with Green to the Hornets for Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins, knows how important it was for Green to come back to his teammates. "It's been tough on him," Smith said. "From a basketball point of view, we just had to give him some space. It's hard for anyone to deal with something like that. One of the best things you can do is doing this [playing basketball], that's for sure. Our hearts went out to him each and every day. We hope he can recover. He's doing good right now." Philadelphia Daily News

January 1, 2011 Updates

Saying the best thing he can do now is to get back to his normal routine, New Orleans Hornets backup guard Willie Green played Friday for the first time since two of his relatives were killed in a car accident in mid-December. Green missed five games to be with his family in Detroit after his sister and cousin died in a wreck hours after watching him play against the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 19. “Life is very precious, and you realize that more and more as you get older,’’ Green said before Friday’s 83-81 victory over the Boston Celtics. “I’m relying on my faith — I’ve always been a spiritual guy — and my teammates and family for support like I’ve been getting. “It helps with dealing with that situation and going on with life. I’m never going to forget about it, the void always is going to be there. But having faith and being spiritual helps me realize there is still life that I have to live.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

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After missing three consecutive games to be with his family after his sister and cousin were killed in a car accident, Hornets backup guard Willie Green is expected to rejoin the team later this week, Williams said. “As tough as it is for his family in talking to him, he thought the best thing maybe is for him to get back to some type of normal routine,’’ Williams said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 22, 2010 Updates

The cousin of New Orleans Hornets guard Willie Green had a blood alcohol level three times Michigan's legal limit at the time of a crash that killed him and the basketball player's sister, police said. Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond said Wednesday that 27-year-old Ben Green's blood alcohol level was 0.24. Michigan's legal limit is 0.08. Redmond said Green's driver's license had been suspended since 2004 when he was arrested in Detroit for operating a vehicle while impaired. ESPN.com

Police say the cousin of New Orleans Hornets guard Willie Green had a blood alcohol level three times Michigan's legal limit at the time of a crash that killed him and the basketball player's sister. The Detroit News reports that 27-year-old Ben Green's blood alcohol level was 0.24. The state's legal limit is 0.08. The newspaper also reports that his driver's license was suspended. He was driving before the Monday morning crash along Interstate 75 in Troy, about 15 miles north of Detroit. Booth Newspapers

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Last week the Sixers sent forward Jason Smith and guard Willie Green to New Orleans for forwards Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins. The deal, however, was on hold yesterday when New Orleans discovered a problem with Green's knee, so Songaila and Brackins did not participate in the morning workout. The deal was finalized around noon. A source said that the two teams agreed on the option of swapping second-round picks in 2011 to seal the deal. Philadelphia Daily News

September 24, 2010 Updates

This was awkward, even painful. Here was 76ers assistant coach Aaron McKie putting Willie Green through a workout at the team's practice site yesterday morning, knowing Green was within minutes of being officially traded. "And I couldn't tell him," McKie was saying yesterday, after Green and Jason Smith had been dealt to New Orleans for veteran forward Darius Songaila and rookie big man Craig Brackins. Philadelphia Daily News

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