Mar 10 2012; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Nets shooting guard Gerald Green (14) dunks over Houston Rockets center Samuel Dalembert (21) during the second half at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE
Unless Bobby Marks knows something Larry Coon doesn't know (and that's always possible) or Green is incredibly loyal to the Nets, it's increasingly unlikely that Gerald Green will be back, says Devin Kharpertian of Nets Are Scorching. The fan favorite got caught up in a numbers game.
Coon, the CBA expert for ESPN and HoopsWorld, helped Kharpertian look into the options the Nets have to sign the 6'8" 26-year-old. To start his Bird Rights are limited. The Nets will be capped out. They can't use the Mid-Level Exception or Bi-Annual Exception since it would risk the imposition of the hard cap (and lose flexibility to pursue Dwight Howard.) That leaves a paltry $1.2 million vets exception + 20%, a fraction of what Green is likely worth.
The Nets were hamstrung from the beginning, team insiders have noted. When it came time to sign him for the rest of the season back in March, the Nets were over the cap and without any exceptions. So they had to sign him to the vets minimum. He is starting to set up meetings with other teams, starting with the Pacers.
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