Harden's endless drama causes heartbreaking result for former Spur

The conclusion of the latest chapter in the James Harden saga leaves a Spurs alum on the outside looking in.
Danny Green
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It is an unfortunate situation to be a victim of circumstances beyond your control, but that is where two-time champion and former San Antonio Spur Danny Green finds himself. The most significant drama in the NBA over the last few months has been yet another chapter in the James Harden "find me a new home" saga. As the Harden chronicle reached a conclusion for him in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Green received the short end of the stick, which included his walking papers.

The North Carolina Tar Heels legend is 36 years old. He has been on four teams in four years. Ironically, Harden is in the same boat for drastically different reasons, but the value of the two players is miles apart. His age and decline have made him the chess piece you willingly sacrifice to reach your end game. The Sixers agreed to send Harden and PJ Tucker to the Clippers in a deal that sent four players back to Philly, requiring Los Angeles to cut ties with Green to open a roster spot.

Danny Green can be a valuable piece for many NBA teams

The 3-and-D specialist has shot over 37% from beyond the arc over the last three seasons. He may not be as fleet-footed as he used to be, but his length and intelligence as a veteran player could still help a team needing depth on the wing. If nothing else, Green has always conducted himself in a professional manner and would be a positive presence in the locker room for a young squad.

Green spent most of last season recovering from a torn ACL he suffered with the 76ers in 2022. Philadelphia traded him to the Grizzlies that offseason, Memphis sent him to the Rockets, and he ultimately landed with the Cavaliers following a buyout, which was the place where his NBA career began. Though the New York native no doubt hoped to re-establish some continuity with his one-year deal to return to the Sixers this summer, he became a casualty of cruel business operations.

Spurs fans will never forget and always appreciate the contributions from Green during his tenure with the Silver and Black. From his unforgettable shooting performance in the 2013 NBA Finals to his impeccable defense and reliability, he has earned respect in the 2-1-0. The current rendition of the roster is full of young talent that needs time to play and grow, but hopefully, another team will give Danny a chance to show he's still got it.