Rockets news: Gerald Green could be out 'a few months' after reportedly suffering broken foot
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Gerald Green could be out ‘a few months’ after reportedly suffering broken foot

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Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green has reportedly suffered a broken left foot that will keep him out indefinitely, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Green was initially diagnosed with a sprain after being held out of practice on Sunday, but the injury is apparently more severe. It is unknown whether or not Green will have to undergo surgery.

The Rockets re-signed Green in July after the veteran averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season. Green has also shot better than 35 percent from the three-point line in each of his two seasons in Houston.

Things have only gotten worse for the Rockets in recent weeks. They are still embroiled in a controversy stemming from a now-deleted tweet from general manager Daryl Morey that supported protestors in China and resulted in the Chinese Basketball Association severing ties with the team. With Green out indefinitely, they have lost a backcourt player that is crucial to their fabric as a perimeter-oriented team.

Green also has value as a long and rangy defender that can guard multiple positions, though he could be a defensive liability at times last season.

Houston has repeatedly fallen victim to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA playoffs during this decade, but Morey and co. attempted to shake things up by trading for Russell Westbrook this summer.

The Rockets were always going to be reliant on Westbrook and especially James Harden, but the onus on that dynamic duo has risen considerably given that Green is likely to miss at least a few months.