NBA Trade Rumors: San Antonio Spurs Dumping Danny Green Before Deadline
Danny Green had his worst statistical season as a member of the San Antonio Spurs last year. This has many wondering if the team should keep him beyond 2017.Advertisement
Last season, the 6-foot-6 wingman shot 37.6 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from behind the three-point line. Those are alarming figures considering that he was 43.6 percent and 41.8 percent during the 2014-15 season.
The Spurs could choose the younger route and develop Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson instead. Green, who just turned 29, has become an intriguing trade asset for the team.
Michael Rehome of Air Alamo cited potential trade destinations for Green. Likely suitors include the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Kings currently have $31 million in available cap space. The team needs back court production off the bench, and Green fits the bill perfectly. Vlade Divac and company could offer the Spurs a trade package involving athletic but inconsistent shooting guard Ben McLemore and a few more assets.
Green made a name for himself as a three-point shooter and defender. The Kings will undoubtedly benefit from his very particular skill set. The team ranked nineteenth in three-point shots made and twenty third in defensive efficiency last season, as per ESPN.
New York Knicks
Besides Carmelo Anthony and Courtney Lee, the wings depth chart for the Knicks include names like Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early, Justin Holiday, Lance Thomas and Sasha Vujacic. The team could upgrade their shooting guard position by acquiring Green and his $10 million paycheck. If the trade is successful, the Knicks would still have ample cap space to target an elite big man next free agency.
The 76ers are looking for three-point marksmen to surround priced rookie Ben Simmons. Because of his post-season experience, Green will immediately start for the team, either at the shooting guard or small forward position. The 76ers have $61 million in available cap space and would have no problem shouldering Green’s $10 million salary for next season.
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