Lakers May Make Run at Gerald Green
Gerald Green, a training camp invitee of the Lakers and big-time contributor to the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, was called up by the New Jersey Nets in February and has shined in a backup role.
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who considered signing free agent Gilbert Arenas at one point to satisfy the bench scoring need, said the team tracked Green closely but considered him more of a small forward than a shooting guard.
“If you look at him as a small forward, he would have been our fifth small forward behind Metta [World Peace], at the time Luke [Walton], Matt Barnes and Devin Ebanks,” Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “So, as painful as it was to watch a kid really grow and you get to know a kid, there was just no way to bring him on the team and have him sit and justify it.”
Kupchak did not rule out the Lakers revisiting Green when he becomes a free agent this offseason.
“I’m happy for the kid,” Kupchak said. “I hope he plays well for the rest of the year and based on how things play out, we’ll take it from there.”