Dec 29, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard John Jenkins (12) defends Indiana Pacers small forward Gerald Green (25) during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Indiana Pacers Could Move Gerald Green

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The big question for the Indiana Pacers right now is what to do with Gerald Green.  They’ve already demoted him to the point where Orlando Johnson, a rookie, is taking his minutes.  He did play some in the final game before the All-Star break, but mostly, he’s been a bust for the team.  Then, you look and see the team has signed him for two more years, so is there any other team out there that takes on the contract, and gives the Pacers something of value back?  Just cutting the guy hurts you more, so you can’t do that.  Maybe the demotion could get Green back in the right place, and he can look a little back like he did last season with the Nets.

I thought he was a good pick up for the Pacers when it first came about, but then seeing him play, you see he doesn’t have that basketball IQ that most players have.  He makes great athletic plays from time to time, but those need to be properly set up.  He doesn’t make great passes, and never seems to move the ball around that well.  His defense is limited, so you do have to question, why the Pacers brought him in?  I am sure they thought he would be that instant offense for the second unit, but that’s not really worked out either.

If the Pacers don’t make a move with him, then you keep riding him out there, and hope something good comes along.  There’s no point in really sitting the guy, especially with the contract he has.  You wait for the summer to come around, and see if you could move him.  If not, then the Pacers should look at some guy to come in and help build up his game.  Maybe this All-Star break helped get Green into the right mindset, and he could provide something for the team.

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