What a difference a year makes. From an article I read about eleven months ago Danny Green was headed overseas to play basketball, unsure if once the lock out was over he would find his way back into the National Basketball Association. Now, after his Spurs went all the way to the Western Conference finals, losing to Oklahoma, the former Tar Heel is not just sure of playing in the NBA this up coming season, he has the luxury of having multiple teams wanting him. This all thanks to the job the 25 year old shooting guard did in San Antonio, where he started 38 games for the Spurs, averaging 9.1 points and 3.5 boards per game in the shortened season, bringing, for someone like me, it brings back memories of how he played when the Dean Dome was his home court.
“Instead of my agent calling teams, trying to get them interested, teams are calling me. It’s a better position to be in.”
All of this for Green has to be a better feeling than being cut several times in first two seasons while in the pro’s, heading to the NBDL and over seas, since being drafted in `09 by the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers. Still from the above mentioned article it said that the texas based franchise has offered the former Tar Heel and national champion a $2.7 million dollar offer, which is just a bit less than three times what he made last season with them. With this offer San Antonio has the right to match any offer that the guard gets on or after July 11th.
Without a doubt the Spurs’ number one concern this off-season is getting Tim Duncan signed once again, while Green’s (and his agent) number one thought is to check out all the inquiries/offers that are out there for him, beginning with the one made by Utah Jazz as soon as free agency began. However, in the end, it seems like Danny Green would like to return to the Spurs if at all possible. With that said, the franchise has put an offer on the table to their starting shooting guard, which means for maybe the first time since he was drafted by the Cavs, the future is in no one else’s hands but his own. And that is not a bad place to be in! As I do with all the present and former Tar Heel, let me wish all the best to Green as he moves forward with his NBA career!
And for those that like to re-live a small memory of the UNC/Duke rivalry here is the famous Green dunk over Greg Paulus…