Specs: Shooting guard/small forward. 6’8”, 200 lbs.
2008-2009 Stats: 5.5 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 44.4% FG, 31.4% 3FG, 11.3 PER
Why we want him: Gerald Green is what the Mavericks are not. Young. Athletic. Full of promise. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. He’s undisciplined. Turnover-prone. Looks lost on defense when he’s not on the ball (okay, maybe he and the Mavs have something in common). All that said, Green is exactly what you want out of your minimum salary players. He gives fans something to cheer for and a reason to hope. Green seems legitimately set on developing his game to trump his reputation as a dunker (boy, can he get up) and that type of mindset has a lot of people optimistic. I don’t think he’ll suddenly actualize the superstar projections, but if the Mavs hold the course and provide Green with a steady environment, he could be a valuable weapon as a starting complement or second unit artillery.
Why they want him: He’s a low risk, high reward player. I could see a lot of ‘older’ teams liking Green as a trade throw-in because of his contract and his athleticism. Let him incubate for awhile, throw a few minutes his way every now and then, and hope for the best. If he turns out to be a reliable contributor, awesome. If not, oh well.
Trade value: Low-Moderate. Since the Mavs lack expendable draft picks, the best way they can “sweeten the pot” of any potential trade is to throw in either Brandon Bass or Gerald Green. Bass’ value is much higher than Green’s, but Gerald still presents an intriguing opportunity and an easy-to-swallow contract.
Likelihood of Being Traded Before the Deadline: In honor of Jim Jackson, former Maverick and the most stereotypical NBA journeyman to ever journey, man, each player’s likelihood of being traded will be evaluated using the Jim Jackson Index (JJI; a scale of 0-5):