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Rockets’ Gerald Green thinks he has been slept on

Gerald Green, Rockets

Houston Rockets swingman Gerald Green will have something to prove coming into the 2019-20 season, shortly after securing a deal to return to his hometown of Clutch City, one he intended to make proud after nearly running out of NBA offers two seasons ago.

Green, an NBA journeyman, feels teams have slept on him and his potential. It wasn’t too long ago since he was slated to start the 2017-18 season with the Milwaukee Bucks, only to be waived after four preseason games and facing NBA limbo for the next two months.

The Rockets, in dire need of shooting, signed him to a deal for the remainder of the season. He has proven to be a capable and willing marksman since putting on the Rockets uniform for the second time in his career:

“Honestly, I feel like I’ve been slept on, man, I really have,” said Green, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “The Rockets are the only ones that really banked on me. That’s why I feel like I’m so fortunate and so grateful for this organization and this city. Everybody keeps sleeping on me, man, but the Rockets don’t.

“I’m just trying to do the best job to make sure Daryl Morey looks good, Mike D’Antoni looks good, I want to make James Harden and Russell Westbrook look good, make D. House look good. I’m just trying to make my teammates look good, make my family look good and make my fans look even better.”

Green has played for eight teams in his 12-year career, including two stints with the team that originally drafted him with the 18th overall pick, the Boston Celtics, and the Rockets.

Once a rim-rocking high-flyer, Green morphed his game from a slasher to a 3-point shooter early in his career, likely knowing it would be his meal ticket. Green has shot a respectable 36.2% in his two seasons with the Rockets, while averaging shy of 10 points per game during his second stint in Houston.