Gerald Green, Former NBA Dunk Contest Winner, Reportedly Will Join Nets

Patrick KellyContributor IIIFebruary 27, 2012

BOSTON - NOVEMBER 29:  Gerald Green #5 of the Boston Celtics defends against Vince Carter #15 of the New Jersey Nets from in the second half November 29, 2006 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The New Jersey Nets defeated the Boston Celtics 106-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Those of us who watched at least the introductions of the NBA D-League all-star game on Saturday saw a player who sparked some interest.

That player was Gerald Green, the 6-foot-8 former can't-miss blue-chip guard who skipped college to be drafted in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. It was the last draft that high school players were allowed to enter.

Green appeared to be hitting his stride with the Celtics in 2007—his sophomore season—as he averaged 10.4 points per game off the bench for Boston and gained some notoriety by winning the 2007 NBA Dunk Contest over future winners Nate Robinson and Dwight Howard

After his best year, Green was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves as a small piece in the major Kevin Garnett trade. His career failed to take off as he was playing behind numerous other guards.

After stints in Houston and Minnesota, he found himself out of a job in the NBA and was forced to go overseas. 

Green returned to the NBA this year, attempting to make the Los Angeles Lakers out of training camp, but was waived just before the start of the season. He stayed in the city of Los Angeles, though, with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

He earned a D-League all-star appearance for his play with the team.

And now, Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside is reporting that Green will be signing with the New Jersey Nets on Sunday to provide some depth at the wing position off the bench. 

With Marshon Brooks and Anthony Morrow playing well, it may be hard for Green to crack to main rotation.

But, depth is always a good thing. And, it will be interesting to see Green's current form.