Erick Green has signed a one-year contract to play for Montepaschi Siena, in Italy, for the 2013-14 season.
The Utah Jazz drafted Green in the second round of the NBA draft in June on behalf of the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets, who have recently acquired guards Nate Robenison and Randy Foye, have decided to send Green to the Euroleague net season. They will retain their rights to Green for the 2014-15 season.
Green played for the Nuggets in the NBA Las Vegas summer league this past month and averaged 21.7 minutes with 9.3 points and 1.8 assists in six games.
Montepaschi Siena went through a rebuilding season last year, but still won the Italian League Championship for the seventh consecutive time.
Last season there were three Americans on the team: Bobby Brown, Matt Janning and Dionte Christmas. All three of them went undrafted out of college.
In Italy, Green will be making a six-figure salary and get more playing time. Green told Ronaoke Times’ Mark Berman that he hopes to develop more in Italy.
“They signed Nate Robinson, so instead of me sitting on the bench or playing in the D-League, I can go overseas for a year and … get better, come back next year and get a spot,” Green said. “It’s going to be benefit me a lot.”
Malcom Delaney, a fellow Hokie and Green’s former teammate, who plays for Bayern Munich in Germany, is excited that Green will be in Europe with him.
“just got the news i will be playing my lil bro @egreen11vt 1st rd euroleague... congrats on signing,” Delaney tweeted.
Green is not letting kill his dream of playing in the NBA.
“I’ve still got a chance to play in the (NBA). I’ve got to do this for one year, get better,” he told Berman. “The NBA’s a different game. There’s some things I need to work on to be able to play at that high level.