Portland Trail Blazers Assign Guard Taurean Green To Idaho Stampede

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2007 – The Portland Trailblazers today assigned rookie point guard Taurean Green to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede. Green’s assignment is the 19th of the 2007-08 season, and Green is the 17th NBA player assigned to a D-League affiliate.

“This is a great opportunity for Taurean to get some more playing time and in-game experience at a professional level,” said Trail Blazers’ General Manager Kevin Pritchard. “We’re grateful to have a partnership with Idaho and the D-League to help us develop our young players.”

A second round selection (52nd overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft, Green has appeared in four games for the Trail Blazers this season and averaged 2.3 points and 1.3 assists in 6.0 minutes per game. In the preseason with Portland, Green appeared in seven games and averaged 6.4 points, 2.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game including a 13 point performance in a 118-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 12, 2007.

A three year Gator, Green helped lead the University of Florida to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 111 games at Florida, Green averaged 10.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds, including 16 points and six assists in the National Championship game against Ohio State. Green was named MVP of the 2007 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional, earned Second Team All-SEC honors for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. He left Florida as the Gators 31st all-time leading scorer with 1,170 career point as well as ranking second in career free throw percentage (.856), seventh in assists (400), and tied for eighth in three-point field goals made (186)

Green joins an Idaho team that leads the West Division with a 5-3 record.