Gerald Green comes out of retirement, leaves Rockets player development team to join G League, report says

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Houston Rockets player development coach Gerald Green last week Said Zach Allen of The Dream Shake that he can certainly still play. With veterans like Greg Monroe, Lance Stephenson and Joe Johnson signing 10-day contracts this season, why not Green?

“I mean, don’t get me wrong, I would love to do the hoop,” Green said. “We’ll see. You’ll never know. I’m always up for the challenge. I loved the opportunity and I’ll never take it for granted. I’m a jerk.”

If it wasn’t already clear in his Instagram feed, where in December he posted two videos of himself soak in socks How is it 2008, Green really meant it. Thusday, Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the 35-year-old is coming out of retirement, is considering signing in the G League and wants to return to the NBA.

Green, a 12-year-old NBA veteran, last logged minutes in the league in 2019. He left the Rockets bench when they lost to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2019 playoffs, quit with his hometown team that summer and broke their foot in a preseason game in October. The injury sidelined him for the entire 2019-20 season.

Ahead of the 2020-21 season, Green signed an unsecured training camp deal with Houston, but he was not on the squad. He trained for the Rockets last September, according to Athletic’s Kelly Iko, before retiring in October and joining his coaching team.

The last time Green played in the G League it was called the D-League. As a member of the Los Angeles D-Fenders (now the South Bay Lakers), he was the 2011 D-League All-Star Game MVP.

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