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Spurs rumors: Pistons checked in on Danny Green

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 23: Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs high fives Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 23, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 23: Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs high fives Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 23, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Before the Detroit Pistons made the Blake Griffin trade, they reportedly eyed multiple wings, including Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs were linked to LeBron James on Thursday, which could make for a storyline that takes over the summer. However, there’s still the Feb. 8 NBA Trade Deadline, something the Silver and Black have historically not been active at. Their last deadline-day trade happened in 2014, with the acquisition of Austin Daye for Nando De Colo.

According to Jake Fischer of SI.com (h/t Hoops Rumors), the Detroit Pistons attempted to change this. They spoke to the Spurs about Danny Green, as the organization wanted to add another wing player. Though this happened before the blockbuster trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Motor City, which was the result of a desire to upgrade the frontcourt, not the wings.

Along with Green, the Pistons pursued Jordan Clarkson, Tyreke Evans, Rodney Hood, Courtney Lee, Evan Fournier and Elfrid Payton. Luke Kennard was one of the pieces discussed in a potential deal for Fournier and Payton.

If the Spurs listened, this would not be the first time they did; the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly had interest in the 2017 offseason, but nothing happened.

Green makes for an interesting trade candidate. He has a player option of $10 million for the 2018-19 season, so a team that acquires him could get an expiring contract and shed salary for the upcoming class of free agents. If not, it’s an expiring deal that can be used toward the 2019 trade deadline.

What could make the 30-year-old expendable? During Sunday’s game vs. the Sacramento Kings, head coach Gregg Popovich played Green for just nine minutes, not using him in the second half. This allowed Bryn Forbes to play more. Although, the former Tar Heel minutes returned to the usual 20-25 per game on Tuesday, so there may not be anything to read into.

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Will Green be a trade candidate next Thursday? Or might the Spurs wait it out until the summer?

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