Gerald Green, a former high school prodigy out of Gulf Shores Academy near Houston, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, Green's agent Colin Bryant said.
A first round pick of the Boston Celtics in 2005, Green was part of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett from Minnesota to Boston. The Timberwolves traded Green to Houston last season. He played in one game for his hometown team before being released.
"We have a verbal agreement with Dallas on a one year contract," said Colin Bryant, Green's agent in an interview with a Houston television station Tuesday night. Bryant was en route to Dallas Wednesday morning to work out the specifics of the deal. "We talked to a number of teams and there is more money out there, but this is the best situation for Gerald at this point in his career."
Bryant believes the Mavericks coaching staff can help Green build a solid foundation.
"With (Head) Coach (Rick) Carlisle and Mario Elie, they will be vital to Gerald's development," Bryant said. "Playing for the Mavericks will help elevate his game."
Elie is expected to stay on as an assistant coach.
In three years in the NBA Green has averaged 8.1 points and 1.8 rebounds a game.
-- Jeff Caplan