Jazz sign Erick Green to 10-day contract
Erick Green is back in the NBA nearly three months after being released by the Denver Nuggets, and he returns with the team that originally selected him in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday that it has signed Green to a 10-day contract, plucking him from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA’s Development League. The Jazz drafted Green, a former standout at Millbrook High School and Virginia Tech, at 46th overall in 2013 before immediately sending him to Denver in a draft-night trade.
In 23 D-League games with Reno since being waived by the Nuggets on Nov. 5, Green averaged 26.7 points, 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals. The 6-foot-3, 178-pound point guard ranks second in the D-League in scoring and scored double-digit points in 22 of his 23 games played, scoring 40 points in a game twice during that span. He shot 53.3 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
The 24-year-old Winchester native, who made his professional debut overseas with Montepaschi Siena in the Italian League in 2013, played in 46 games over two seasons with the Denver Nuggets, averaging 3.2 points and 9.1 minutes per game. He played briefly in three games with Denver earlier this season before being waived.
Green’s arrival in Salt Lake City comes one day after Utah’s rookie point guard Raul Neto suffered a concussion in Monday’s loss to Detroit.
The Jazz (19-25) are one game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA’s Western Conference. Utah hosts Charlotte Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the second of six straight home games.
Green will wear No. 18 for the Jazz, according to a press release on NBA.com.
Attempts to reach Green by phone Tuesday were unsuccessful – even those by his own parents. Erick Green Sr. said his attempts to speak with his son yielded a lone text message Tuesday evening.
“He said, ‘Dad, I’ll call you later. I’m studying, trying to learn the playbook,'” Erick Sr. said. “That’s the only thing I’ve heard from him all day long.”