Danny Green reportedly agreed to a four-year, $45 million contract with the Spurs – a HUGE bargain for San Antonio.
Turns out, Green accepted even less.
Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili took less to save cap space for LaMarcus Aldridge. Because Green’s cap hold was lower than his starting salary, his bargain deal didn’t give the Spurs any extra cap space. They could have used his Bird Rights to give him a max contract and, as long they officially inked Green’s deal last, completed every other move they made this summer.
Green just saved San Antonio owner Peter Holt money – nothing more.
I’m sure Holt appreciates that, but I’m not sure why Green accepted this deal. Green is a light-out 3-point shooter and superb defender, and he’s just 28. Considering Wesley Mathew got $70 million with a torn Achilles, I think Green could have gotten a max contract. If not, he would have come close.
He’s obviously comfortable in San Antonio, and he’ll play for a heck of a team next season. That’s worth something – apparently about $30 million to Green.