Key Houston Rockets reserve swingman Gerald Green is believed to have suffered a broken left foot and is expected to miss an extended stretch, league sources confirmed.
Sources said that Green, who was injured during the Rockets’ preseason win Thursday over the Toronto Raptors in Japan, will get more medical opinions on Monday to confirm the diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment.
The hope is that Green, who averaged 9.2 points off the bench, will not require surgery to repair his foot. If he needs surgery, Green will likely be sidelined for a few months.
Green’s absence will deplete the Rockets’ wing depth, which was already a concern.
The Athletic first reported that Green likely broke his foot. Green, 33, is entering his third consecutive season with Houston. The veteran forward signed a one-year deal in July to remain with the club. He averaged 9.2 points per game and shot 35.4 percent from three-point range in 73 appearances last season.
If Green is forced to miss time during the regular season, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has Ben McLemore to use in the swingman role.
Houston opens the 2019-20 season on Oct. 24 against the Milwaukee Bucks.