KEY POINTS

  • Danny Green knew his stay with the Lakers wouldn't be long-term
  • Green bares he learned about his transfer from his agent
  • Green looks forward to being mentored by Doc Rivers in Philadelphia

Considering that Danny Green had just won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers, many people were surprised by the decision to send him away.

Ironically, the 33-year-old claims he was not even shocked by the Lakers management's move. He knew from day one that he could be traded even if he held a two-year deal.

Green was part of the Dennis Schroder trade that saw him initially moving to the Oklahoma City Thunder. That proved to be only a temporary stop since the 6-foot-6 guard found himself moving again, ending up with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Regardless of the busy offseason for Green, he told Melissa Rohlin of Fox Sports that he learned the news of his trade from his agent.

“I was like, OK. Obviously, everybody is getting better. And I knew even when I signed [with the Lakers], the contract that I signed for was going to be hard to maintain, was going to be hard to stabilize, especially with the pieces,” Green claimed.

There were big expectations for Green, particularly since he was just coming off a championship with the Toronto Raptors last season. Aside from that, he also has one NBA ring with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

Hence, Green was expected to deliver in the NBA Finals. But looking at his performance, he struggled with his shooting, rifling only 28.9 percent from the three-point country.

Of course, NBA fans will not forget that missed potential three-point shot that could have handed the Lakers a win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

A throng of avid Lakers followers was livid and some went to the extent of sending him death threats at that time, NBC Sports reported.

Green has moved on from it and is now is looking forward to playing under the tutelage of Sixers head coach Doc Rivers. He will be suiting up alongside two rising young stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

Finally, Green will not be the only former Laker in the fold. Joining him is big man Dwight Howard. The former NBA Slam Dunk champion agreed to a one-year deal with the Sixers for a veteran's minimum exception of $2.6 million recently, ESPN reported.

Danny Green Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after shooting a three point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Getty Images/Kevin C. Cox