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NBA: Miami grounds Gerald Green for two games

Gerald Green

After being hospitalized last week due to undisclosed reasons, Gerald Green is back into the Miami Heat’s fold.

But not until after he serves the two-game suspension the team imposed. The Heat is punishing Green for causing a law enforcement intervention at his residence last November 4 that led to his four-day confinement at a downtown Miami hospital.

Green was not arrested nor criminal charges were filed against him.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report about the suspension.

For “conduct detrimental to the team,” Green sat out the game versus the visiting Los Angeles Lakers and will still be sidelined when Miami faces the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

Specifics of the “conduct,” however, were not disclosed by the organization.

He will be eligible to play on November 17 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Heat in July, was hospitalized for several days last week and has not been with the team since. He played a pivotal role in Miami’s first three games of the season.

The high-flying Green was ruled out for the game against Atlanta last November 3 because of what the team said was an illness and was transported via an ambulance to the Jackson Memorial Hospital the next morning.

Green was released from the medical facility last Saturday.

Before the incident, Green averaged 10.3 points in three games for Miami.

With the two-game suspension, he will lose roughly $25,000 in salaries.

Meanwhile, the team also announced that backup guard Mario Chalmers and forward James Ennis have been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Miami will receive in return 33-year-old backup guard Beno Udrih and backup power forward Jarnell Stokes.

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