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Danny Green, Patrick Ewing Jr. Traded in D-League Swap

Jan 25, 2011 – 8:04 PM
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Scott Schroeder

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There aren't typically blockbuster-type trades in the NBA Development League, but with Tuesday's trade of Danny Green (right) going from the Sioux Falls Skyforce to the Reno Bighorns for Patrick Ewing Jr., there have already been three trades involving NBA prospects this week following Monday's acquistion of Marqus Blakley and Stanley Robinson by the Iowa Energy.

Green signed a D-League contract last week but didn't clear waivers until earlier Tuesday when he was claimed by the Skyforce as they were the top team in the waiver order. Upon acquiring Green, however, the Skyforce instantly traded him to the Bighorns for the son of Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

Green, a 6-foot-6 wing who played four seasons at North Carolina, was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 46th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He played just 115 total minutes for the Cavs last season, however, and was released during the preseason this year. Shortly thereafter, Green was signed by the San Antonio Spurs, but after appearing in just two games, he was released on Nov. 23 and has been a free agent ever since. In his brief NBA career, Green averaged just over five minutes of action in 22 games played with his career high in points being a rather pedestrian six.

Ewing Jr., on the other hand, was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 43rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft but has yet to appear on an NBA regular-season roster. A 6-foot-8 forward, Ewing Jr. has played his entire professional career for the Bighorns while posting averages of 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds over 56 games in Reno. A volume-shooter, Ewing Jr. made just 42 percent of his shots from the field this season.

In all reality, if Green has been staying in shape during his time away from the NBA, it seems that the Bighorns have made another shrewd move to acquire an NBA-talented player. With Green, the Eric Musselman-led Bighorns will now have five players on their roster that have previously played in the NBA. He's joined by Patrick O'Bryant, Marcus Landry, Salim Stoudamire and Golden State Warriors assignee Jeremy Lin. Green will have to mesh quickly, however, as Reno has lost its last three games.

For the Skyforce, it's an interesting move as the 3-19 team certainly needs all the talent it can get while attempting to dig themselves out of the league's cellar. Ewing could be that catalyst, but considering he's averaging 12.5 points on 37 percent shooting this month (55 of 147), it seems Green and his defense would have been, at worst, an equally solid addition.

Reno's next game is Wednesday afternoon in Austin while the Skyforce don't play again until Saturday when they travel to Bismarck, N.D., to take on the rival Dakota Wizards.
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