It looks like shooting guard Danny Green will be back with the San Antonio Spurs next season.
NBA free agency is on the horizon and the San Antonio Spurs received some good news on Monday afternoon. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Danny Green has exercised his $10 million option and will return for the final year of his contract. His return will allow the Spurs to retain their starting backcourt from last season.
Green played in all but 12 games last year and started in all but 10 of them. He averaged 8.6 points per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the field and shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. The former North Carolina Tar Heel was also one of the team’s best defenders last year, averaging 1.1 blocks per game and 3.0 defensive rebounds per game.
His best game came against the Los Angeles Clippers in early November. Green scored a season-high 24 points while shooting 53.3 percent. He was also four of six from downtown and helped the Spurs cruise to a 120-107 victory.
With key players such as Rudy Gay set to hit the open market in about a week and the organization still looking to sort out the Kawhi Leonard situation, retaining Green is a definite plus. If Leonard is in fact traded and the Spurs lose a few more pieces this summer, more may be asked of Green. If he is up to the challenge and proves to be a valuable player next year, a new deal could be in the works for the nine-year veteran.
After this, Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans and Kyle Anderson will all hit restricted free agency. Tony Parker can become an unrestricted free agent, as well, once July 1 hits. It’s all part of a busy offseason for the Spurs, who enter it with plenty of unknowns for their roster. Let’s see what transpires.