Could Jeff Green's contract status be the lone dark cloud over OKC?
If a contract extension agreement isn't reached by Nov. 1, Jeff Green will be a restricted free agent next summer.
By Darnell Mayberry •
Published: October 24, 2010
/articleid/3506118/1/pictures/1203937"> JEFF GREEN poses for a photo during the Oklahoma City Thunder media day on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
I like what he does for us. He sacrifices. And he has to do that. We have some good players on our team. But not everybody can be the leading scorer. Not everybody can be the high-assist man … Jeff is a teammate that guys like because they know that he brings effort every night and he's consistent and he doesn't change his habits.”
At the team's media day, Green promised to be as assertive as he's ever been. But Thunder general manager Sam Presti cautioned to not read into Green's vow the wrong way.
"When he talks about being more assertive, we take that to mean he will be assertive defensively, offensively, and in all areas of the game,” Presti said. "I think he will bring that assertiveness to areas beyond the offensive end.”
Green ranked second on the team behind Kevin Durant in minutes played last season. He also finished third in shot attempts and points per game.
Brooks said he hasn't had to pull Green aside to talk about focusing on the right things.
Their conversations, Brooks said, are strictly about playing basketball. Presti echoed his coach, saying he isn't concerned about Green's performance.
"We have great confidence in Jeff as a player and a person,” Presti said. "Team success is what drives him and is the primary reason we felt strongly about adding him to our program in 2007. What has made him who he is through his career, and now with us, is an ability to contribute in various ways, not just on one end.”