With the NBA Draft set for tomorrow and teams shuffling their rosters with trades, the San Antonio Spurs could be moving on from starting shooting guard Danny Green.
On Wednesday, rumors began to circulate that the San Antonio Spurs could be open to trading guard Danny Green this offseason. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News recently tweeted this out.
Green is set to earn $10 million next year and trading away him and his contract could help San Antonio gain some salary cap space. This could be very vital if they still plan on making a run at former Clipper and top free agent guard Chris Paul.
San Antonio got some assistance already in the salary cap department when Pau Gasol declined his $16 million player option for next season, but reports say he will be looking to sign a new long-term contract. Forward David Lee will likely decline his player option of $1.6 million and walk according to reports.
Since signing with the Spurs in 2011, Green showed great potential early in his tenure with the team, but lately has not been the same. In the 2013 NBA Finals, Green broke a Finals record for most three-pointers in a series with 25, a record previously held by Ray Allen (22). However, since then Green’s numbers have dipped.
After winning a title in 2013-14, Green averaged a career-best 11.7 PPG in 2014-15 and shot 42% from three. In 2015-16 and this past season he only averaged seven PPG and shot 33% and 38% from the three-point line respectively.
San Antonio has traded away talent before to sign big-name players in free agency. In the 2015 offseason, they traded center Tiago Splitter to make room to sign Lamarcus Aldridge. Based on the offseason moves they have made so far, there is evidence the Spurs are trying to make room for an offseason signing.