Gerald Green may have finally found a landing spot after waiting through most of this year’s free agency period.
The 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Champion is on the cusp of signing with the team that he won that award with, the Boston Celtics.
Back then, he blew out candles on the rim before dunking to wow the crowd. Now, he will asked to be a crucial bench player instead of a high-flyer.
Boston is looking at a reunion with the mercurial scorer. If signed, this would be the second time donning the green and white for the historic franchise.
He played his rookie and sophomore seasons with the basketball club. The C’s drafted him at 18th overall out of Gulf Shores Academy from the 2005 draft class.
The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reports that the 30-year-old unrestricted free agent will sign a one-year guaranteed contract to return to the Garden.
It’s been a long road for the streaky-shooting veteran. He’s played with the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. Last season he suited up for the Miami Heat.
In 69 contests last season, he averaged eight points and two rebounds a game. Green pulled down these numbers while shooting 39 percent from the field in 22 minutes a game.
His production dipped in the postseason to just 3 points in nine minutes a game. He also endured some hardship off the court as he served a suspension midway through the season.
Streaky is the operative word when describing the veteran’s game. He is the definition of hot and cold. That makes the former dunk champion great for the role of scoring guard off the bench.
His shot has never been the most steady but, shot making and crazy athleticism are hard to come by in this league.
Head coach Brad Stevens will have to monitor his production and find a balance between searching for easy offence and quickly pulling Green when he is having a bad night.