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Devin Green Leaves Los Angeles to Play Overseas
by: Mike Schmidt - D-League, NCAA Scout
December 28, 2006
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. Green’s 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 veteran’s camp. At 6’7,” 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.
 


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Devin Brown
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Birthday: 12/30/1978
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: South San Antonio
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: SG,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
4.3 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Derek Anderson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Birthday: 07/18/1974
40 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Doss
Previous Team: Kentucky , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 1997 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
5.0 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Kelenna Azubuike
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 208 lbs.
Birthday: 12/16/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Victory Christian
Previous Team: Kentucky , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Andre Brown
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 236 lbs.
Birthday: 05/12/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Leo Catholic
Previous Team: DePaul , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
4.7 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


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