While Green landed the first secure contract of his career with the Pacers — three years, $10 million — his first season with that security has been disappointing.
Entering Saturday, he was shooting just 34.2 percent from the field and 28.8 percent from the 3-point line after 48.1 and 39.1 in a 31-game stint with the Nets last season. His minutes have been taken by the emerging Lance Stephenson, which means Green will have to earn his playing time through positive practices and perhaps good fortune.
Green is not pouting. His road took him to the NBADL and Russia after being a first-round pick of the Celtics in 2005. Green is trying to take the positives from his experience with a team expected to contend for the Eastern Conference championship.
“I’m with a good team,” he said. “I’m learning a lot of good stuff this year, about how the best teams prepare and how the best teams come together as one and do the little things that you may not see in the scouting report but that helps us to win games.
“I’m learning a lot from these guys. I feel like I’m in a good situation.”
One thing Green isn’t concerned with is job security. When he was playing on 10-day contracts or nonguaranteed deals, he felt the pressure to perform immediately. He has been slow developing with the Pacers, but the contract brings relief.
Green had played in 48 games entering Saturday, averaging 6.4 points.
“It definitely feels good, especially the journey I’ve been through,” he said. “Just to feel like I’m a part of something this good, something this great, I couldn’t ask for better.
“Obviously, everybody wants to play, but I understand that I might have another opportunity in the near future. I have to be ready for it.”
Is Perkins too pricy?
There will be some interesting decisions this summer in terms of veteran contracts and the amnesty clause. One of those players could be Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins, who is scheduled to earn $17.5 million over the next two years and be the team’s fourth-highest-paid player. Perkins has been a visible leader for the Thunder, but the cost-conscious club may seek a more productive center in the free agent market for a lower price. The Celtics did not sign Perkins to a four-year, $30 million extension because they were wary about the health of his knees. While the Thunder have been pleased with Perkins’s production, they just extended Serge Ibaka, and Nick Collison, because of his front-loaded contract, is due $4.7 million over the next two seasons.
Although he has been with five teams over his 15 years, Antawn Jamison has turned in quite a solid career. Entering Saturday he was just 203 points from the 20,000 mark, which would make him the 39th player to reach it. Jamison has more points than Scottie Pippen, Bernard King, Isiah Thomas, and Gail Goodrich.
The Knicks are expected to sign Kenyon Martin for the rest of the season. He has become a major asset since Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace sustained season-ending injuries. There was concern among several teams that Martin would be a locker-room distraction considering his past issues with Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, but reports out of New York say he has been a welcome presence . . . A major question in Portland is whether the Trail Blazers should begin preparing for next season by playing some youngsters and pull back on their quest for the eighth playoff spot in the West. The Trail Blazers need to see whether players such as Will Barton and Meyers Leonard are future cornerstones . . . The Raptors are developing an offseason program for center Jonas Valanciunas after meeting with his agent, Leon Rose. Valanciunas is expected to play most of September with the Lithuanian national team before rejoining the Raptors for training camp. Save for a hand injury that cost him six weeks, Valanciunas has enjoyed a capable rookie season, averaging 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Gary Washburn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @gwashNBAGlobe. Material from interviews, wires services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.