HoopsHype Gerald Green rumors

January 17, 2014 Updates

Green came out of high school with a remarkable athleticism and a tantalizingly smooth jumper. He was a mostly good-natured but naive kid, a skinny baller from Houston’s southeast side. His dunks soon became the stuff of legend. Still, Green was incapable of thinking the game beyond a playground level, oblivious to the pressures and demands of the NBA world. “I always treated basketball when I was younger like a hobby, something I loved to do, something that kind of kept me away from doing something bad or doing something crazy,” Green told NBA.com during a phone conversation on the team’s recent road trip. ”It was an extracurricular activity in my life. But once I did it for a living, I still kept treating it as a hobby instead of a job.” NBA.com

Green credits Eric Musselman, coach of the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders during the 2011-12 season, for his NBA return. Musselman asked Green to play for him with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, for a pittance of what he would earn going back overseas. “And thank God for Eric Musselman,” Green said. “He just really had all the confidence in me in the world. He put me in situations to succeed and he was a great coach for me, a great guy, a guy that I will always be friends with.” Musselman couldn’t believe it when Green told him that he wanted no part of the dunk contest at the D-League’s All-Star festivities that year. “I remember sitting in our staff meeting and I said, ‘I can’t believe this guy is willing to just sit in his hotel room while the dunk contest is going on in front of NBA people,’ ” said Musselman, now associate head coach at Arizona State. “But that’s how much that athleticism, that dunking label kind of wore at him.” NBA.com

August 27, 2013 Updates

The understated prize of the Scola trade last month is Plumlee, a player who was a part-time starter as a Duke senior and has logged 55 NBA minutes before turning 25 on Sunday. Green could help the Suns meet goals of being a more athletic, better 3-point shooting team and the first-round pick is valuable to add to the draft pick stockpile for potential trades but Plumlee was much more Suns’ target than a Pacers’ throw-in. “I know everybody’s excited about Gerald,” Plumlee said. “Being his teammate, I know he has all the talent in the world, but people don’t realize I didn’t have to be part of the trade to make it work. I think it was more that they wanted me, and that’s a good feeling.” Arizona Republic

July 29, 2013 Updates

While most of the focus on the Suns' return centered around the pick -- which would give the team up to three first-round selections in the 2014 NBA Draft -- McDonough told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo that he's also excited about what Green and Plumlee can bring to the roster in the short term. "Miles Plumlee looked very good for the Pacers Summer League for the second year in a row," McDonough said. "He's a good rebounder going back to his days at Duke. I like his character, rebounding and athleticism and think he will fit right in." Arizona's Sports Page

July 27, 2013 Updates

Juan Sebastia, who runs Scola's website, tweeted Friday night that a trade to send the Argentinian big man to the Pacers would be officially announced Saturday. Neither team commented in the immediate aftermath of the tweet, but sources with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com that one trade scenario on the table would send swingman Gerald Green and future draft considerations to Phoenix in exchange for Scola, whose arrival in Indiana would only strengthen a front line headlined by center Roy Hibbert and the recently re-signed David West. ESPN.com

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“George Hill is a fighter,” Pacers reserve Gerald Green said. “He’s been dealing with that it seems like all season. But he knows we’re in the most important part of the season. Nothing’s stopping him from being out there.” Indianapolis Star

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The Pacers have been sniffing around for smaller more cosmetic deals, and Green seems to be the main piece they are trying to sell. Unfortunately the reason Indiana is looking at Green related deals, is the same reason they may not have anything doable at the deadline; he just doesn’t have a lot of value. HoopsWorld

February 17, 2013 Updates

While Green did not ultimately advance, his plan for what he had ready was among the most inventive. “I was going to do a dunk where I involved Paul George and Lance Stephenson,” Green said. “It was going to be something like the halftime show, but without the trampoline.” I needed some clarification. “It was going to be to where, Lance was going to throw Paul an alley-oop off the glass, Paul was going to catch it, jump pretty high and throw it, and then I come out of nowhere and put it between my legs [before dunking].” NBCSports.com

February 14, 2013 Updates

The Pacers are, however, open to moving backups Tyler Hansbrough, D.J. Augustin and Gerald Green. I'm told they offered up the names of Hansbrough and Augustin when trying to pry J.J. Redick out of Orlando. But the Magic aren't interested in a move like that. Orlando might yet keep Redick, who wants to stay in Orlando, but only if the sharp-shooting backup settles for less than he might get on the open market this summer. Despite Redick's name being one of the most prominent in trade rumors, some executives are beginning to believe the Magic will not move him. ESPN.com

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