by Devin Kharpertian
Gerald Green became a fan favorite quickly last season. Following an excellent performance in the D-League All-Star Game (earning MVP honors with 28 points on 10-17 shooting), the Nets signed him from the Los Angeles D-Fenders to a ten-day contract on February 27th. Green quickly paid dividends; beyond the springboards in his calves, Green showed off a smooth shooting stroke from all areas on the floor.
Unfortunately, Green’s success comes as a double-edged sword to Brooklyn, as the demand that should follow his outburst will outstrip what the Nets are able to offer him in free agency. To break it down, a team can sign a free agent in one of three ways: with their cap room, with bird rights, or with one of their exceptions.