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Gerald Green returning to Houston to fight for roster spot

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Free-agent swingman Gerald Green has recently agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal that will allow him to return to the Houston Rockets with hopes of making it through training camp and land on the team’s opening-day roster, as per ESPN‘s Tim MacMahon.

The 34-year-old has been a tenured journeyman since he came to the league in 2005 when he was drafted by the Boston Celtics. Green also saw stints in the NBA G-League and overseas to use as a springboard to return to the association.

His most recent stint was with the Rockets where he returned to his hometown back in the 2017-2018 season. He recorded 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 41 games played in a bench role.

Green was brought back for the second-straight season but his numbers dipped compared to his previous campaign with the team. He averaged norms of 9.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.5 assists in 73 appearances and was still relied on to bring much-needed energy for the team’s second unit.

He eventually sat out the entire 2019-2020 season after he suffered a broken bone in his foot which sidelined him for an extended amount of time. The Rockets then dealt him in a four-team trade involving the Denver Nuggets back in February of 2020 but was ultimately waived by the team.

Gerald Green emerged as a fan favorite for the team considering his roots that can be traced in Houston, Texas. His arrival would potentially bring positive contributions for the Rockets’ cause in the upcoming season considering the turmoil that the team has seen in the recent offseason.