The Houston Rockets have reportedly gotten some bad news just a week before the start of the NBA regular season after learning that veteran swingman Gerald Green suffered a broken left foot in a preseason game and is set to miss an extended period of action.
Green was forced off of the court in the Rockets’ Thursday preseason matchup against the defending champion Toronto Raptors with a foot injury, and it appears that the worst-case scenario has come true.
The 33-year-old veteran, who has been with the Rockets for a season and a half, is still waiting to see if he will need surgery on the foot. If he does, he could be out for several months, putting his availability for most of the season in jeopardy.
While he isn’t a starter, Green has been and is expected to be a key member of the team’s rotation. He appeared in 73 regular-season games for Houston last season, scoring 9.2 points per game in only 20.2 minutes of action per game.
The Rockets’ depth at the wing, which was already considered thin before Green’s injury, will now be tested further. Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker are the team’s only two other options at the position.
The team will wait for a decision on surgery before deciding how and if to alter their roster before the beginning of the season.