The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs reportedly will be bidding for Spurs free agent Danny Green’s services this offseason. According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the Mavericks will target Green after Monta Ellis chose to opt out of the final year of his contract in Dallas worth $8.72 million.
The report added that Green has a good chance of staying in San Antonio, but he could leave for a bigger deal elsewhere. Green was one of the key players in the Spurs’ playoff runs in recent years.
A second-round selection (No. 49 overall) in the 2009 NBA Draft, Green played sparingly in his first two years in the league before getting major playing time from coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio in the last four seasons. He averaged 11.7 points, with 2.4 three-pointers per game, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game in the 2014-15 NBA season.
For Green to return to San Antonio, the Spurs would have to work around their salary cap. They reportedly want to sign a big-name free agent -- such as LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers or Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies -- and have to deal with their own free agent in rising star Kawhi Leonard, who is expected to demand a big contract.
Dallas’ starting guards Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis will likely not re-sign with the Mavs. If they get Green, who is known for his three-point shooting and perimeter defense, the team would potentially make him its starting shooting guard.