Trade interest for Danny Green is at an all-time high. In a time when NBA role players now command max-caliber salaries, Green will only be making $10 million per annum in the next three years.
Green’s future with the San Antonio Spurs is questionable. His abysmal showing last season may have burnt bridges in the Alamo. It can be argued that his lack of production cost the team big time during the 2016 playoffs.
From a team building standpoint, the Spurs has little to no wiggle room to add more valuable pieces to the roster. The team is currently $14.5 million over the salary cap, Spot Rac noted. Shipping Green elsewhere would not only mean roster flexibility, but it would also lessen the team’s luxury tax burden at the end of next season.
According to Air Alamo, one viable trade destination for Green is the Atlanta Hawks. Kent Bazemore is poised for a significant pay increase while shooters Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha are on the last guaranteed year of their contracts. They can bolt the team next summer in search for more lucrative deals.
Green would be a great albeit cheap contingency plan for the Hawks. If traded, he can blossom into the team’s top scorer. He will no longer be playing in the shadow of Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.
The Hawks head coach and president of basketball operations knows Green’s strength and weakness very well. Budenholzer served as assistant coach for Gregg Popovich from 1996 to 2013, as per NBA.com.
The Hawks back court is composed of young and highly-spirited players. Green would provide veteran presence as well as post-season experience to a team desperately seeking its first NBA championship since 1958.