Florida basketball: Taurean Green will return to Gators as director of player development

By Adam Silverstein
April 1, 2022
Florida basketball: Taurean Green will return to Gators as director of player development
Basketball

Two-time national championship-winning point guard Taurean Green will soon return to wearing orange and blue. Green will join the Florida Gators as the new director of player development at the conclusion of the 2022 NBA season, head coach Todd Golden announced Friday on the Field of 68 podcast.

Green is currently serving as the Chicago Bulls player development coordinator under former Gators head coach Billy Donovan. As part of a handful of conversations he’s had with Donovan since taking the Florida job, Golden received the coach’s blessing to bring Green back to Gainesville, Florida, noting Billy D was “super onboard” with the move.

Green was a member of the Gators basketball team from 2004-07, leading Florida to consecutive NCAA Tournament championships as the team’s floor general in 2006-07. UF went 68-11 (23-9 SEC) across his final two seasons with a pair of SEC Tournament titles and a regular-season crown in 2007.

After being selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, Green played a total of 17 games across his rookie season for Portland and the Denver Nuggets. He eventually gave up his NBA career to play overseas, which he did across 14 years from 2008-21. He won a championships in the Polish League (2021 with Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski) and France’s top league LNB Pro A (2014, Limoges CSP) before choosing to retire as a player in 2021.

The Bulls are currently 45-32 and the No. 5 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with just 10 days left in the regular season. If Chicago plays its way into the NBA Finals, Green will not be available to return to Florida until June.

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