HoopsHype Willie Green rumors


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Snubbed by Allen and Terry, and unable to get an audience with several other established players, the Grizzlies' road in free agency has narrowed with guards Willie Green, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar now in their sights, according to sources. The Griz are said to also have interest in guards Sonny Weems and Jerryd Bayless. Russian point guard Alexey Shved was off the Grizzlies' radar as of Monday with a source close to the situation insisting that a deal wouldn't get done. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Possible targets are former Hornets guard Willie Green, who becomes a unrestricted free agent after playing last season with the Atlanta Hawks; Charlotte Bobcats restricted free-agent guard D.J. Augustin, a New Orleans native; Chicago Bulls restricted free-agent center Omer Asik; Denver restricted free agent Rudy Fernandez, who played for Hornets Coach Monty Williams when he was an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers; and Houston Rockets unrestricted free-agent guard Goran Dragic, who was part of the three-team deal that initially sent Paul to the Lakers before NBA Commissioner David Stern nixed it. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Williams said the Hornets dropped the ball by not re-signing free agent shooting guard Willie Green, who played against New Orleans for the first time Sunday night since signing a one-year deal with the Hawks last month. Green came off the bench and scored 16 points in the Hawks’ 94-72 rout of the Hornets in front of 14, 962 at the New Orleans Arena. “He was somebody I was in contact with, and we were waiting for the right time,” Williams said. “If I could do it over again, I’d probably would have pressed the issue more. “Once I realized he was going to Atlanta, we had everything set up to sign him the next day. It was crushing because he can play.” Before accepting the Hawks’ offer, Green said he was under the impression the Hornets were going in a different direction. “I don’t know where things fell apart,” Green said. “That’s all I can tell you about that situation. Those are my guys, Monty and Dell, but I know that’s a tough situation losing Chris Paul and David West. It was an eye-opener for everybody to see what happened, but that’s the business of the NBA.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Green ultimately landed with the Atlanta Hawks, signing a one-year deal, but the Hornets’ sudden transformation hasn’t been lost on the nine year veteran. Yeah it’s tough man,” Green told HOOPSWORLD on watching the Hornets’ situation unfold. “I didn’t necessarily think it would get to this point. It’s tough on coach Monty [Williams], [general manager] Dell Demps and the players there. Losing Chris, David and some other key veterans that are not there anymore. We were building something special, but that happens. That’s just the business of basketball. HoopsWorld

December 22, 2011 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks today signed free agent guard Willie Green, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Green played in 77 games last season with the New Orleans Hornets, starting 13, and averaging 8.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.0 apg (.443 FG%, .348 3FG%, .780 FT%). RealGM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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