Danny Green was expected to receive significant interest around the league as an unrestricted free agent. He’s a prototypical three-and-D guy who started in 80 regular season games for a very good Spurs team last year, and averaged career highs in scoring and rebounding while shooting 41.8 percent from three-point distance.
San Antonio knows just how valuable Green is, so they wasted little time in getting him to re-sign.
Sources: Danny Green has agreed to a 4 year, $45 million deal with the Spurs
This is a reasonable deal for what Green provides, and honestly it’s very possible he could’ve earned even more had a change of scenery been a real option.
Locking up Green was necessary, but it puts further strain on the Spurs from a salary cap standpoint, especially as they look to convince a max-level player like LaMarcus Aldridge to join the team’s roster.
San Antonio almost certainly would need to move the $8.25 million contract of Tiago Splitter, and may also now need to part ways with the $3.57 million deal that’s guaranteed to Patty Mills in order to create the necessary space to offer Aldridge the max.
There are ways to do that, but it won’t necessarily be easy. If we do see one or both of those players moved in a deal, it’ll be a strong sign that the Spurs are getting closer to securing a commitment from a max-level player, which would immediately place them in the top tier of teams that would be favorites to contend for a title next season.