Associated Press on the Gerald Green trade:
"We had kind of a logjam with the same type of player," coach Randy Wittman said. "With (Randy) Foye coming back into the mix, we didn't have a lot of time there to play all those guys."
Wolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said he still likes Green's game, but he was "probably the furthest away from readiness to play in NBA games" of all of Minnesota's young talent. Although Green was disappointed about his role, McHale praised his professionalism in his short tenure with the club.
Green's athleticism and on-target jump shot were obvious when he stepped on the court. But so were his limitations: poor shot selection and confusion about how to play the game.
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.
Snyder, a physical 6-6 player Wittman projects at small forward, led Nevada to its first NCAA tournament Sweet 16 in 2004, but the 16th overall pick that summer has struggled to find his way in the NBA. A restricted free agent this summer, he is with his fourth team four seasons. He played nine games for the Rockets this season.
Asked if he considered the trade a gamble that might leave fans asking three years from now why the Wolves dealt Green, McHale said, "It could be. In three years, come see me."
The exchange appears to be a low-risk proposition for both the Rockets and the Timberwolves. Because Snyder was seemingly deemed to be expendable from day one and received rare bouts of playing time this season, the Rockets could only expect very little in return. The fact that Green was unable to see the court on one of the worst squads in the NBA is a telling sign that the Rockets got exactly what they should have anticipated, that is to say very little. Essentially, the trade was a swap of undesirables for both teams, with both players able to walk at season’s end.
Actually, I don’t really know how the deal went down, but the Timberwolves were able to ship one athletic wing buried at the end of the bench in Minnesota for an athletic wing buried at the end of the bench in Houston, plus they got a draft pick and some money out of it. Sounds like one of those infomercials where they keep throwing in extra knives to sweeten the deal.
Green not only played high school basketball in Houston, but was also drafted by the Celtics back when current Houston GM Daryl Morey was a key figure there.