KEY POINTS

  • Danny Green brushed off criticism after his poor performance in the 2020 NBA championship
  • Green said he has been dealing with pain in his Achilles tendon
  • The Lakers could deal off Green to take in another superstar

Danny Green of the Los Angeles Lakers was one of the players who hardly performed well during the 2019-20 NBA playoffs. But the tipping point was his missed shot during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It turns out that the 33-year-old was not 100% healthy and played through pain which was never reflected on the team's injury report.

The revelation about Green's injury was made on "Inside the Green Room." He mentioned how he had been dealing with pain in his Achilles tendon, a reason why his level took a dip in the postseason. The injury never showed up in the Lakers' injury report.

The threats that he received after that Game 5 miss was well-documented, ESPN reported. But Green mentioned in the podcast that it was something he did not dwell on. He understood how Lakers' followers were and said that he just shrugged it off.

Regardless, all of this is in the past and all that matters for Green and the Lakers is that they achieved their goal of becoming NBA champions.

In the 2019-20 NBA regular season, Green played 68 games, averaging 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Those numbers hardly changed in the playoffs (despite his Achilles tendon injury), norming 8.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists, according to NBA.com.

After winning his third NBA ring, Green could be adding more if he stays on with the Lakers. He has a year left in his contract and will earn $15.3 million for the 2020-21 season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason and remains a vital piece for any team in need of someone who can defend and hit it from the outside.

For now, Green's main goal is to honor his current pact. However, there are murmurs that he could be part of bigger deals if the Lakers will opt to add in more star power. There have been a lot of names coming out over the past days. These include Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Derrick Rose of the Detroit Pistons.

Green will make the most out of the NBA break as he tries to recover from his Achilles injury. The Lakers have plans to make it back-to-back but need the right manpower to achieve that. Without question, Green remains a vital piece in those plans.

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