Brian and I were chatting yesterday about the prospect of Gerald Green not being a totally horrible fit for this Celtics team and, lo and behold, here’s A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE doing the same today:
“He’s not a bad kid,” Rivers said. “He’s never been a bad kid. He just needed some direction. Sometimes, you have to go through hard times to make it. And I’m really hoping he makes it.”
Rivers added, “People look at Gerald and they just saw this freak athlete that won the (2007) dunk contest. Gerald can make shots. He can really shoot the basketball. He just hadn’t been taught how to play basketball. I hope it works out for him.”
Green, 26, is not a player that ranks at or near the top of the Celtics’ wish list. But depending on how free agency plays out, that could change quickly.
After a few years in the basketball wilderness, Green returned to the NBA last season and put up some good shooting numbers for the Nets. He shot 48% from the field and 39% from the arc in 25.2 minutes. Those were borderline garbage time numbers, given the Nets’ poor season, but they also suggest the 26-year-old is ready to claim a spot in an NBA rotation.
Here’s what makes him intriguing: he’ll come far cheaper than any other free agent SG the Celtics are targeting and his ridiculous athleticism would give Boston another weapon for an uptempo attack. And in the halfcourt, he could park himself at the arc and knock down open jumpers.
Is his defense passable enough to earn rotation minutes? It’s hard to say with any certainty but he’s a name to keep an eye on if the Celtics lose out on the buzzier free agents they’re pursuing.
And just as a point of debate: would you prefer Green or E’Twaun Moore occupy a roster spot on the 2012-13 Celtics? Interesting question, no?