Danny Green signed a four-year contract to return to the San Antonio Spurs, but that wasn’t always a foregone conclusion.
In an appearance on ESPN San Antonio, Green noted that he wasn’t sure his five-year home would indeed be the final landing spot after free agency.
“It was kind of a 50-50 thing,” Green said, revealing that the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks also contacted him.
Green said the organization was No. 1 on his list because the Spurs offered him a great opportunity earlier in his career.
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Following 20 appearances as a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009-10, Green played eight games for San Antonio the next year. The sharpshooter edged into the starting role during the 2011-12 campaign and hasn’t left the lineup since then.
Green tallied career-bests across the board last season, averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks. He also posted a 114 offensive rating and 100 defensive clip.
However, the North Carolina product said he doesn’t feel pressure to contribute more following the big-money contract.
Danny Green on pressure: “My role doesn’t change much at all. They don’t expect me to go from what I was doing last year to an All-Star.”
— ESPN SA (@ESPN_SA) August 12, 2015
Green said the franchise told him it couldn’t offer a salary at the level of what other teams could but assured him it would be close, and that the Spurs remained in contact throughout the free agency period that nabbed LaMarcus Aldridge and David West.
“It was an exciting time,” Green said. “It was a lot of fun. It felt great to be included.”