Green inks two-year deal to play basketball in Greece
Erick Green’s winding road as a professional basketball player has taken him back to Europe.
Green, a former standout at Millbrook High School and later Virginia Tech, will play in Greece during the upcoming season after agreeing to a two-year contract with Olympiacos Piraeus last Friday. It will mark Green’s second stint in the Euroleague, as he previously competed with Montepaschi Siena in Italy for the 2013-14 season.
Green, a second-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, spent the 2015-16 season splitting time between the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz and the NBA Development League’s Reno Bighorns, the latter of which he joined shortly after he was cut by Denver on Nov. 5. Green, who spent all of his first NBA season with the Nuggets in 2014-15, joined the Jazz earlier this year on a pair of 10-day contracts that expired on Feb. 15, after which he rejoined the Bighorns to finish out the season.
In 40 regular-season D-League games last season, Green averaged 25.7 points per game – the third best mark in the league – to go along with 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor. He was named to the NBA D-League First Team at the end of April.
Green will join an Olympiacos team that boasts 12 Greek National League championships (including back-to-back titles), nine Greek National Cup titles and three Euroleague championships, including consecutive titles in 2012 and 2013. The team reached the Euroleague championship four times in six seasons from 2010 to 2015.
Olympiacos, which is coached by Giannis Sfairopoulos, went 14-10 in Euroleague play last season and saw its string of 10 straight playoff appearances come to an end.
Green is one of three Americans listed on the Olympiacos roster, along with forward Patric Young and guard/small forward Matt Lojeski, and he will join a backcourt that includes 2013 Euroleague MVP Vassilis Spanoulis.
The 25-year-old Green, who led the NCAA in scoring in his final season at Virginia Tech in 2012-13, has played in 52 NBA games (one start) in his career, averaging 3.4 points and 9.5 minutes per game. In 61 games with Siena in 2013-14, he averaged 10.8 points and 1.1 assists.
The Euroleague begins play on Oct. 12.
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