After losing Kawhi Leonard to injury and being bounced in the Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs have a busy offseason in store. While Leonard is one of the best players on Earth, the team knows they need to surround their star with more elite talent if they hope to compete against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.
While starting shooting guard Danny Green has been a solid complimentary piece throughout his tenure in San Antonio, it appears the Spurs may be ready to move on. According to Jabari Young of San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs are listening to trade offers for Green:
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) June 21, 2017
While he’s never been a go-to scorer, Danny Green has been one of the better 3-and-D players in the NBA, a play style that earns high demand in today’s league. He helped the Spurs capture the championship in 2014 over LeBron James and the Miami Heat, and his scorching hot hand from outside played a big part in that.
Though he was once considered one of the premier snipers, his offensive game has fallen off a bit in the past couple years but his perimeter defense remains top-notch.
The Spurs could have some motivation to move their 29-year-old 2 guard. San Antonio has been linked to multiple big name free agent guards such as Chris Paul, George Hill, and Kyle Lowry. With Green seemingly being available, it shows the Spurs are taking their quest to add talent seriously this offseason. These players would require a healthy contract so cutting ties with Green would create some extra cap space, though he is only scheduled to make $10M next season.
It wouldn’t be hard to imagine a team making a run at Green’s services as he is currently in his prime age-wise and his friendly contract would only make him more appealing to suitors.