Spurs Open To Trading Danny Green

The Spurs are open to trading Danny Green, league sources tell Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News (Twitter link). However, no deal is close at this point, according to Young.

Green, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Thursday, continues to play a rotational role for the Spurs, averaging 7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.0 SPG last season while shooting 37.9% on three-point attempts. When it comes to San Antonio’s offseason plans, however, the most important number tied to Green may be his $10MM salary for 2017/18.

The Spurs have been linked to top free agents like Chris Paul, but currently don’t have the cap room necessary to max a competitive contract offer to a player of that caliber. San Antonio already has about $73.5MM in guaranteed salaries on its books for next year, and that’s without accounting for cap holds for free agents and the club’s first-round pick, or new deals for Pau Gasol and/or Manu Ginobili. Trading Green and his $10MM salary wouldn’t necessarily open up a maximum-salary slot for someone like Paul, but it would give the Spurs more flexibility if they intend to make a splash in free agency.

Green, who would appeal to teams looking for a three-and-D wing, is under contract for one more season, then will have to decide next summer on a $10MM player option for 2018/19.

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