Suns’ Gerald Green and Archie Goodwin Hold Dunk Contest at Practice

Although the Phoenix Suns’ Archie Goodwin gave Gerald Green a run for his money at a dunk contest after practice, the second-year guard found out there’s a reason Green has a dunk contest title to his name.

Goodwin and Green went head-to-head in a dunk-off, and both players threw down some pretty good slams. However, Green was the clear winner. 

What was the best dunk?

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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Updates on Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and More

What’s an NBA team with a losing record to do?

Well, it appears throwing in the towel and praying for a high draft pick is one course of action, currently being executed to bizarro perfection by the 0-17 Philadelphia 76ers. Of course, not every team is willing to wait so long to do some roster building.

Thus, the trade talks start flying and the NBA rumor mill starts churning as teams still harboring playoff aspirations look to make moves during the season.

While nothing may come of the latest rumblings, it’s worth taking a look at the latest trade buzz surrounding two sub-.500 squads that aren’t yet ready to give up on the 2014-15 season.

Hornets Looking to Make Moves

When the Hornets picked up shooting guard Lance Stephenson as a free agent in the summer of 2014, it looked like the perfect move for an ascendant franchise desperate to start a new era of success with an old mascot and soothing teal uniforms. 

Unfortunately, Stephenson hasn’t added much value to the 4-14 team, which is still leaning all too heavily on point guard Kemba Walker and forward/center Al Jefferson

According to Grantland’s Zach Lowe, the Hornets are open to trading to upgrade certain positions, and it appears the newly acquired Stephenson isn’t a protected name in Charlotte:

The Hornets have been aggressive making trade calls, according to sources across the league.

The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward, per those sources, and they are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. Free agents signed this past offseason can’t be traded until December 15, and few would be surprised if the Hornets make and take calls on Lance Stephenson ahead of that trigger date.

Giving up on Stephenson so early might serve to alarm fans, as the franchise is not so far removed from being a perennial cellar-dweller. The Hornets have been alarmingly disappointing considering the high expectations, although Jefferson believes in the personnel moves made prior to this season.

“We have no excuse,” he said, via The Washington Post‘s Michael Lee. “MJ and the front office did they job. Now we’ve got to do our job.”

The Hornets made some high-profile moves, but it’s tough to figure out how exactly Stephenson can prove the front office did its job.

Stephenson’s 9.1 points per game and 36.7 percent shooting have only served to drag down an offense that wasn’t all that potent to begin with.

The Hornets, then called the Bobcats, scored 101.2 points per 100 possessions in 2013-14, per ESPN.com. That placed them at 24th in the league, and the squad relied on a tough defense to make the playoffs. This year, the team is down to 27th in offensive efficiency with 97.6 points per 100 possessions and the defensive tenacity is lacking.

Then again, Stephenson isn’t the only player gumming up the works on offense. According to USA Today‘s Sam Amick, Gerald Henderson‘s name has reportedly been mentioned in trade talks:

Henderson isn’t faring well in a limited role this season.

His $6 million-per-year contract, per Spotrac, may be slightly easier to move than Stephenson’s, but any 26-year-old who has a drop-off in production like Henderson’s is bound to be a no-go in certain front offices. Stephenson could still turn things around in Charlotte. If teams do jump to get him, it could actually serve as a signal that the Hornets are giving up on him too soon.

The Hornets need to do something to shake up this roster, as there is still hope for this franchise playing in a talent-starved Eastern Conference.

Pelicans Reportedly Aggressive in Trade Talks

With a 7-8 record, the New Orleans Pelicans, on paper, look to be in a considerably better spot than the Charlotte Hornets. However, the Pelicans have to deal with an ultra-tough Western Conference, one that boasts 10 teams with winning percentages of .529 or better.

Making up ground will be no easy feat, and it appears the front office is aware the current roster might not be up to the task.

According to Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy, the Pelicans are in the trade market and have cleared spots on the roster as well:

Nascent superstar Anthony Davis may be able to do it all on the court, but the Pelicans will be better off if he isn’t forced to do it alone. As Benjamin Hoffman of the New York Times points out, the Pelicans are very dependent upon their star forward:

Among the many statistics John Hollinger contributed to the game before joining the front office of the Memphis Grizzlies was Game Score, which tries to sum up a player’s box score contributions in a single number and relate it in a similar fashion to point total, with 30 being an excellent performance and 10 being average. In what could not be a more striking picture of Davis’s value, the Pelicans are 7-3 when Davis has a Game Score above 20, and they are 0-4 when he drops below that number.

One position where the Pelicans could use depth (or an upgrade) is shooting guard. Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers are the only two players on New Orleans who are garnering at least 20 minutes per game and yet have player efficiency ratings below 10, per ESPN.com.

Neither player is much of a defensive stopper, either. The Pelicans are 21st in defensive efficiency, per ESPN.com, despite featuring Davis, who is averaging 3.0 blocks and 2.07 steals per game.

Waiving two young players like Darius Miller and Patric Young also suggests this team is looking for veteran, rotation-level help. Upgrading the shooting guard position or finding a suitable backup for Tyreke Evans at small forward, especially one who is committed to playing defense, would be a fine start for this franchise on the brink of becoming a bona fide playoff contender.

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Gerald Green throws alley-oop to himself off backboard for huge slam (Video)

Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green made a statement by throwing an alley-oop off the backboard to himself and finishing with a monster slam dunk during the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against Orlando.The play woke up the crowd and brought the Suns bench to their feet.Green scored 11 points off the bench, but the Suns lost to the Magic 93-90.Video via NBA.
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Gerald Green tosses alley-oop off backboard, slams it home himself (VIDEO)

Phoenix Suns guard-forward Gerald Green didn’t even need his teammates on one particular play in Sunday night’s Magic-Suns game.
Green went to work on Victor Oladipo near the top of the key. He then drove right but picked up his dribble near the free throw line.
It wasn’t an issue, though. Green ducked under Oladipo and tossed the ball high off the backboard.
He then flew in, caught the ball and slammed home a beautiful dunk…

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Suns’ Gerald Green Throws Pass to Himself off the Backboard for Alley-Oop

Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green found himself in a tough spot once he picked up his dribble in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic. However, creative thinking got him out of the jam.

Green pivoted around Magic guard Victor Oladipo and put himself in position to pull off the one-man alley-oop.

Green doesn’t get an assist on the play, but he definitely deserves one.

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Mom offers thanks to Celtics’ Gerald Wallace in inspiring letter

Gerald Wallace hasn’t seen much playing time for the Boston Celtics this season. As one of the team’s elder statesmen, he’s assumed more of a leadership role, imparting wisdom on the Celtics’ bevy of young players.
But while Wallace’s impact on the box score has been minimal, he has had an immeasurable effect on the life of one young boy.
Sharon Randell’s son, Davis, has Down syndrome. In a column posted on The Mighty, Randell detailed how Davis, who dreams of becoming a professional basketball player, had the chance to meet the Celtics forward before a recent game.
“Dear Gerald Wallace,” Randell wrote. “Thank you for sitting and talking with my son, Davis. Although, for you, this was just a moment in time before heading off to your work as a basketball player on the Boston Celtics, for us it was a glimpse of our boy living his dream.
“… So as we navigate the terrain of guiding this child as he grows, we thank you for giving us a story to sustain his dreams and bridge the gap. W

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Gerald Green leads Suns over Nets 112-104

Green came off the bench to score 28 points.

      
 

 

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Gerald Green slam dunks all over the Lakers (Video, GIFs)

Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green came off the bench to lead the team with 26 points in Tuesday night’s game against the L.A. Lakers, highlighted by three monster slam dunks.In the second quarter, Green went around the back of the Lakers defense for the tremendous alley oop.In the fourth quarter, Green drove down the lane and threw down the one-handed rim rocker.Later in the fourth quarter, Green was the trailer on the fast break and let out a primal scream after the finish.Video via G4NBAVideos.
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Gerald Green Throws Down Monster One-Handed Dunk vs. Lakers

Kobe Bryant is doing all he can, but even his 39 points on Wednesday weren’t enough to prevent the Los Angeles Lakers from falling to 0-5 against the Phoenix Suns.

Freak Phoenix athlete Gerald Green took flight to add insult to injury at the Staples Center.

Following one of the Black Mamba’s 23 missed field goals on the evening, Green capped a fast break with an emphatic dunk off a nifty pass from point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Green came off the bench to lead the Suns with 26 points in a 112-106 victory but no two points were more entertaining than his highlight-reel jam.

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Celtics’ Gerald Wallace Ranked Fourth-Most Overpaid Player In NBA

The following will not surprise Boston Celtics fans in the slightest:
Gerald Wallace, the 32-year-old veteran forward, was listed as the fourth-most overpaid player in the NBA in a ranking by the Sporting News. Wallace, came to Boston in the blockbuster deal that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, has two years left on the four-year, $40 million contract two years ago.
Last February, Wallace tore the meniscus in his left knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season. In his 58 games played before the injury, he posted averages of 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists-per-game.
Of course, Wallace’s outsize contract did serve a purpose. If not for Wallace’s $10 million salary, the Celtics never would have been able to make the math work in the trade to reboot their rebuilding efforts — not to mention shed Garnett’s $12 million salary, ranked No. 9 on the same list by the Sporting News.
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