San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green had a solid season despite a lackluster series in the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.
He averaged 9.1 points, 1.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds, shot 44% from the field, and shot 43% from the three-point line in 23.1 minutes during the the regular season. He later would find himself inserted into the starting lineup and became a key contributor throughout the Spurs' season.
And now that the season is over, Green will soon be a free agent and the Boston Celtics may be targeting the swingman.
An emerging player on the Celtics’ radar could be San Antonio restricted free agent Danny Green, who had a solid playoff stretch with the Spurs and is one of the league’s most improved players. Green started most of the postseason games for San Antonio, and because he is a second-round pick under the Arenas rule, the Spurs can match any offer to him. The Celtics will be seeking an athletic swingman who can play defense and has long-range shooting skills.
The Spurs are sure to match any reasonable offer made to Green in the offseason but he isn't worth re-signing should any team over pay. Green may have had a great regular season, but his poor playoff performance may have hurt his value. In the playoffs, he averaged 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, shot 41% from the field, and 34% from the three-point line. And of course there was his disappearing act towards the end of the Spurs' playoff run and versus OKC.
What do you think Spurs fans? What would be a reasonable offer to re-sign Green?
If the price is reasonable, we need to keep Danny Green for 2 more years. He did well enough in the first two rounds. Spurs need to trade Bonner his has under performed in the playoffs for years.
Splitter, Green and Blair for KG and draft picks # 21 and 22. Say you Coach Pop, GM Buford and Mr. Holt?
If the Celtics are really interested in Green, then trade him for draft # 21 and 22 and get Nicholson and Terrence Ross or Jeffrey Taylor. Don't mind KG, he's old. By the way, it is intriguing to know that the Spurs may trade Jackson for Drummond or one of the big players drafting 2-10! This will benefit any team to take him as a veteran leader. Robinson or Jones 111 maybe it. Whatever savings the Spurs may make will be used to sign kaman, okafor or humphries in the free agency. If this happens it gives the Spurs somebody to train to replace TD. Maybe some teams could be interested in blair and anderson. They could be traded for sg like Tony Wroten, Will Barton, Khris Middleton or Evan Fournier. Bonner should be "amnestied".
I would offer Green as much as $3-3.5 million on a one or two year deal - to see if the Thunder series really was a blip, or a sign of his "ceiling." If he's looking for a long term deal, a 3yr/$10 million deal is palatable - but no more than 3 years.
Or, if someone really, really wants him (I'm looking at you, Boston), pretend you'll match any offer, and then offer a sign & trade to the team that's ga-ga over him. If that fails, you just have to let him walk for more money. Ultimately, you can't OVER PAY for him. His skill set was very useful last year, but not irreplaceable.
@Chris32Wasted money bonehead! How many more years do you want the Spurs have to wait to see if Green turns out to be ok? Drafting to find a diamond in the rough is far better and rewarding!
In regards to the sign & trade, I think Green could be a ticket for the Spurs to get back into the 1st round.
How about offering Green& 2nd round pick to some team that is in the 15-25 range? Oh, wait, I see the Celtics have two 1st round picks @ #22, #23...hmmmmm....
any truth to the spurs looking for KG rumors? i just cant see duncan signing off on it knowing his "feelings" for KG. that said i would LOVE to see KG on the spurs. we could go from a single "crazy guy" with jackson to TWO "crazy guys" out there on defense. and duncan and KG would IMO work very well together if they can get past the dislike. maybe a sign and trade, KG for blair, green and neal? (or another mix of low end talent)
Looks like a potential trade is up the sleeves of the Spurs and I am excited about this speculation here. This would work out so well for both teams. I hope R.C. Buford reads this because I can see this going down like this! We would trade Blair and our rights of Lorbek to Boston for Avery Bradley and their 21st pick. At the 21st pick if still on the board we can either take Moultrie or Fab Melo. Melo more than likely will still be there at 21. We wouldn't resign Danny Green. Green would sign with Boston for about $2 million replacing Bradley. Both are very similar players. Boston would want Blair because they aren't going to sign Bass. They can sign him for $4 mil for he will opt out and become a free agent, likely getting the Mid-Level Exception for another team. Blair is making $1 mil next season and would replace Bass, both very similar players. So we would get an excellent G/SG defender in Bradley who could defend either Westbrook or Harden better than Green or Ginobili could. Also, we would more than likely be getting Fab Melo who is an excellent shot blocker and a nice 7 footer! We would then use our Mid-Level exception and sign Diaw.
@gospurs50 Your nuts. Bass & Blair are NOT similar. For starters, Bass has a reliable 18-foot jumper that Blair doesn't have even in his wet dreams. And, for his size, Bass is really more of a finesse guy; Blaair is a banger through & through.
I think the spurs should match up to 3.5 million I would say. I'm not sure who else they could get for that 3.5 mill, but Danny is young, and will improve. The nice thing about Green is he already knows the Spurs system and a lot of new players take a year to fit in completely. We got lucky this midseason. Diaw ran Spurs plays with Tony in France, Jackson used to be a Spur. Mills was coached by a Spurs coach in Australia. They all had exposure to at least some of the system.
anything over 2 mill is probably a stretch. He could be great, or he could've just lost all his confidence in the OKC series and will go back to what he was in Cleveland. If hes expensive the gamble probably wouldn't be worth it if they could put the money into something useful, ie not a wing player.
uhmm of course he will be targeted. I just don't understand why we underestimate the value of Danny Green. He was great all season long and yea he couldn't make anything in the Thunder series but it happens. He'll just get better and he's familiar with our system. I would rather trade Gary Neal (inspite of him being a better offensive player than Green).
It's reasonable, Boston may part away with Ray Allen, Bradley performed fairly well but he's still undersized at 2. Pietrus showed a lot of signs of slowing down. It's easy for them to think of Danny Green, a guy is cheap and can defend at wings even though his underperformed offensively in the Playoffs.
@sa2ny2004 Nothing personal but Green didn't do anything in the OKC series when we need him to. If Boston gets him I won't feel bad.