Devin Green has left the Los Angeles D-Fenders to play with a Euroleague team, RheinEnergie Cologne (Köln) in Germany. He paid a $20,000 buyout to get out of his D-League contract. Greens decision is puzzling, considering he was one of the most likely candidates to get called up to the NBA. Rumors indicate that Green had a falling out with D-Fenders head coach Dan Panaggio.
Overseas, Green will play with RheinEnergie Cologne, a team that is 2-7 right now and in last place in Group A of the Euroleague. They have 5 games left in group competition, and will likely need to win all of their games to have a chance to advance to the Top 16 round. He will replace Marcus Faison on the struggling German team.
10 day contracts begin on the 10th of January, and Green had impressed NBA scouts who had seen him in the D-League. He can play 3 positions, and is an excellent defender. Green also has NBA experience, and the Lakers were making an effort to keep him at the conclusion of veterans camp. At 67, he was playing point guard in the triangle offense with the D-Fenders.
If Green had waited until January 1st, his buyout would have increased to $30,000. He was 7th in the D-League in scoring at 19.5 points per game, and also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. His first Euroleague game will be on January 3rd against Tau Ceramica.
Arguably the top prospect in the D-League leaving in this fashion for a very borderline opportunity in Europe accurately reflects the current mood of many players and agents affiliated with the league. Already one month into the season and with no NBA callups being made yet, there is a growing sense of frustration as teams are instead opting to sign more veteran players such as Devin Brown
, Derek Anderson
and Slava Medvedenko rather than prospects such as Green, Kelenna Azubuike
or Andre Brown
. The D-League has so far taken a hard stance of refusing to negotiate whatsoever on their $20,000 buyout sum (to leave for Europe) which will rise to $30,000 on January 1st for most players.