Green was released by the Nuggets on Thursday, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. The former Virginia Tech star played just seven combined minutes through the team's first four games, but Thursday's move comes in response to Denver's need for help in the frontcourt. Jusuf Nurkic, Joffrey Lauvergne and Nikola Jokic are all injured, leaving the Nuggets extremely shorthanded up front, and they'll reportedly add free agent Kostas Papanikolaou in Green's place. The 24-year-old Green could draw some interest from other teams, but his most likely landing spot is the D-League or a foreign league.
Green earned a roster spot with the Nuggets for the start of the regular season, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. Green beat out Nick Johnson for third-string point guard duties after he averaged 6.8 points and two assists over 18.4 minutes per contest during the preseason. Despite earning a roster spot, Green's low standing on the Nuggets' depth chart will make it difficult for him to earn minutes off the bench.
Green provided 16 points (6-12 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and a steal over 25 minutes in Sunday's 111-98 loss to the Thunder. It was a breakout performance for the sophomore guard trying to climb the Nuggets' depth chart, with his point total easily marking a preseason high and the second highest scoring night of his young career overall. Green was particularly aggressive with his shot and showed nice touch from long range in his most extensive playing time to date in the exhibition slate. The 24-year-old figures to receive another long long in the Nuggets' preseason finale against the Jazz on Thursday.
Nuggets point guard Erick Green was removed from Friday's game due to an arm injury and did not return. Green headed back to the locker room almost immediately after coming out of the game. He played just nine minutes Friday, scoring two points on 1 for 5 shooting.
Nuggets center JaVale McGee made a brief appearance off the bench Tuesday night against the Lakers, scoring three points in just one minute of game action. It was McGee's first action since Jan. 31 due to an illness. He is averaging 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest this season. Jameer Nelson (Achilles) and Erick Green (hip) both remained sidelined on Tuesday.
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