Gerald Green got his wish yesterday when he was traded to the Houston Rockets before the trade deadline. He was “traded home” to the Rockets for 24 year old guard Kirk Snyder, a 2010 second-round draft pick, and “cash considerations.” Snyder is in his fourth NBA season, with career averages of 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assists per game. He is an alumnus of the University of Nevada, drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 16th overall pick in the 2004 draft. He has also appeared with the New Orleans Hornets before appearing in 9 games this season for the Rockets. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9 minutes per game.
Gerald Green’s option was not picked up this past pre-season, which made it glaringly obvious to most of the fans that this would be his only season with the T-Wolves. Our VP of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale had this to say about Gerald’s game: “[GG] is probably the furthest away from readiness to play in NBA games of all of Minnesota's young talent.” Green appeared in 29 games this season for the Wolves, averaging 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1 assists in roughly 12 minutes per game. Coach Randy Wittman elaborated further about why he was traded yesterday: “We had kind of a logjam with the same type of player, with (Randy) Foye coming back into the mix; we didn't have a lot of time there to play all those guys."
The trade was not a disappointment at all to the former Celtic and T-Wolf. In fact, Gerald Green was quite pleased: "It's like a dream come true. Never in my life did I think this would happen. I am on cloud nine." This marks the second time he was traded in the past calendar year, but it was best for all parties involved.
Why the Wolves did the trade:
In January, Gerald Green “requested” a trade (through his agent.) Since the Wolves declined his option this pre-season, he was unrestricted and free to go wherever he wanted after this year was over. Thus, we were going to lose him anyways and still got something out of the trade. Namely, a two month look at Kirk Snyder and a future second round pick. Not bad, especially considering some of the moves this organization has made over the past 10 or so years. Low risk move by the Wolves, yet little to no reward. An ok B-
Why the Rockets did the trade:
There are several reasons as to why this trade makes sense for the Rockets. First off, they cut nearly $1 million dollars from their team salary. This also puts them under the Luxury Tax for this season, which is a very nice move in and of itself. Secondly, they are taking a very low risk chance with a “hometown” player that is known for having a massive amount of potential. Whether or not he will ever fully realize that potential is another story. From what I’ve seen, he can’t really play basketball at the professional level; at least not yet. He can dunk and shoot (if left wide open), but that is about it. Well… he can shoot. He’s never had a problem hoisting the rock, but making the shots is what ails him. Regardless, the Rockets got rid of a player that has only played 9 games while saving money and getting a raw prospect in return. You can’t really fault this move by the Houston Front Office. If Gerald doesn’t show them anything in the next two months, they simply let him walk away and owe nothing. Well, they owe the Wolves a 2010 second round pick, but the value in that pick will be very minimal at best. Before he was drafted, Gerald Green was being compared to Tracy McGrady… now it’s only fitting that they are both on the same team. A solid B+
As much as the truth hurts, the Wolves are pretty much going nowhere this season, and had basically nothing to lose in this trade. Considering that Gerald Green was going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, I guess it’s a bonus that we received anything back at all in return for him. He wasn’t playing, and it was quickly becoming apparent that he was not part of our future plans. Whether it was a good decision or not to decline his paltry contract extension, the trade itself was good. The Wolves get a 2 month lease on Kirk Snyder to see if he brings anything to the table, and another future second round pick. My hope is that they can eventually parlay this pick and a combination of other second round picks (or expiring contracts/etc) into a more useful asset (such as a pick higher in the draft… perhaps an additional first rounder?) I have no complaints about the trade itself, but the way Gerald Green was handled by our Front Office during his tenure in Minnesota is another story entirely.
(Note: When not pontificating about the NBA draft, Jon Marthaler can be found pontificating about nothing special at TNABACG.)
As part of yesterday's Gerald Green trade, the Timberwolves received Houston's second-round pick in 2010. On the one hand, an extra draft pick can't be a bad thing, especially when the Wolves picked it up for dropping a player that didn't figure into their plans anyway; on the other hand, Minnesota doesn't exactly have a history of getting value out of its second-round picks.
With that in mind, I thought it might be time to take a look at Minnesota's second-round draft history.
(Read more below...)
- Excerpt from "Martin's Big Words"
T-Wolves -vs- San Antonio Spurs (2.08.08)
Well… it was a very fun game tonight. Definitely an exciting one to be at, as the Wolves played with a lot of energy for the most part. Coincidentally, tonight’s game was also the game that us lucky Bloggers got to attend on the Wolves Organization’s dime, due to our participation in the “Battle of the Bloggers” contest this past pre-season. If you click the link and check out the results, you’ll see that I finished fifth out of seven people. I had my reasons that I could pinpoint for not winning, but there’s no point in rehashing them. Complaining is for losers anyways, and it was a very cool experience to be able to participate in. On behalf of my fellow Bloggers, I’d like to thank Mike Trudell and the Wolves Organization for a fun experience tonight.
As part of our participation, the original plan was to attend a game as a group with free “Club Cambria” tickets from the Wolves. Stephen Litel was not covering the game tonight, and Alex Halsted did not show up either. Our very own DeRok lives in New Jersey, so it’s understandable as to why he wasn’t there. I got to meet another TWolvesBlog columnist, Anthony Hall, for the first time. It was a pleasure… and it was good to finally meet. Anyhow, the remaining four of us met up with Mike Trudell at about 6:30 and went up to the Club. While the view itself is not spectacular, let me vouch for the pre-game buffet. I now understand why my boy Jack McCloskey has Club Cambria season tickets. Good for him. They had a nice spread of Barbeque chicken, au gratin cauliflower (I think that’s what it was), home fry potatoes, roast beef, some crappy vegetable stuff, and simply magnifico cornbread. Ahhh, the cornbread. Delicious. I could go for more of that cornbread right now in fact. I wish they sold it in the concession stands. The view wasn’t the greatest because the seats in Club Cambria are actually “assigned”, like any other season tickets. To right a wrong, Trudell graciously procured us much better tickets. We ended up sitting in the middle of a section at midcourt. I think everyone was happy with the very kind gesture and appreciated the hospitality.
Wolves vice president of basketball of operations Kevin McHale said he was "99.9 percent" certain Green would not be on the team next season, so a trade made sense rather than to lose Green for nothing after his contract expires this summer.