Free agent Gerald Green officially signed a one-year, minumum-salary contract with the Dallas Mavericks Thursday. Since Green was released by the Houston Rockets prior to the end of last season, Green could did not have to wait for the NBA's moratorium on signings and trades to expire on July 9.
Green, 22, has played three seasons in the NBA, starting off as the 18th pick by the Boston Celtics. He was part of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to the Celtics before last season. Green played just 29 games for the Timberwolves, who then shipped him to the Rockets. He played one game for the Rockets and then was released. He's been out of a job since March.
The knock on Green has been his immaturity. At a slender, 6-foot-8, he has tremendous athletic ability and a sweet jump shot. Criticism comes from his work ethic and practice demeanor, which apparently the Rockets weren't willing to put up with. The Mavs will hope to develop Green both mentally and physically.
-- Jeff Caplan