Report: Mavericks targeting Danny Green as possible Monta Ellis replacement

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With the news Wednesday morning that Monta Ellis is opting out of the final year of his contract, the Mavericks now have a hole they need to plug at shooting guard, and they apparently have a target in mind to fill that gap: Spurs guard Danny Green.

From RealGM.com’s Shams Charania:

As Monta Ellis pursues a new deal on the east coast, the Dallas Mavericks are targeting San Antonio Spurs free agent Danny Green, league sources told RealGM.

Green holds the NBA Finals record for three-pointers set in 2013. Green has a strong desire to return to the Spurs, sources said, but free agency could more lucrative deals elsewhere.

Green isn’t going to be cheap. He made just over $4 million in the final year of his contract with the Spurs, and he’s going to be shooting for his first major payday. As a three-point shooter who can defend, his skillset is ideally suited for the modern NBA. That, plus his Spurs pedigree, mean he will be in serious demand around the league. He’d be a great fit for the Mavericks, but there aren’t very many teams he wouldn’t fit with. If Dallas wants him, they’ll have to pay up.