In the midst of all their injury problems, the Rockets made a signing today.
The Houston Rockets have decided to sign the ever-athletic Gerald Green to a non-guaranteed deal today. With wing depth becoming an issue due to injuries, this is a solid signing by Daryl Morey and Co.
Green brings everything you want if you are the Rockets. He is athletic and a decent shooter, but he also has the ability and drive to be a good defender. We’ll get into each of those individually shortly.
With the non-guaranteed deal, the Rockets will have six games to evaluate Green and see if they want to keep him on the roster. After that, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the contract becomes guaranteed.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first on the news:
Free agent guard Gerald Green is finalizing a non-guaranteed deal to sign with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 28, 2017
What Gerald Green brings to the Rockets
When you think of Gerald Green, you probably think of insane dunks and athletic finishes. Especially if you are a Rockets fan:
Gerald Green has been doing those kinds of dunks everywhere he goes. The Journeyman has seen stops in Boston (x2), Minnesota, Dallas, New Jersey, Indiana, Phoenix, Miami and even Houston. He played for the Rockets for one whole game in 2007.
Here are his dunks from last season:
Gerald Green has also quietly been a pretty good 3-point shooter over his career. During his best season in the league, 2013-14 with Phoenix, he averaged 15.8 points and shot 40% from deep while attempting 6.2 of them a game.
He will be able to fit with the Rockets if he can hit around his career average of 36%. Green will also be able to shoot more open 3s than ever before. It will be interesting to see how his shooting is after only attempting his least amount of 3s since 2011 last season.
Gerald Green will need to prove to Coach D’Antoni that he can play good defense. While he isn’t known for it at times, Green’s defense has not been too bad. He also has the motivation to improve there.
In 2015, when he signed with Heat, Green’s defense was a big part of his gameplan. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Green said, “Defense. Defense. Defense. I live and breathe defense right now. Offense just comes too easy for me.”
If he brought that motivation to Houston, that would be incredible for a Rockets rotation that is missing Luc Mbah a Moute big time.
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