The clock is ticking for the Philadelphia 76ers who seek a team interested in a trade package for veteran Danny Green and the #23 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs were all mentioned in a possible trade rumors involving Green and the 76ers.
Green — who turns 35 this week — suffered a serious knee injury during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals when he blew out his ACL and LCL. He underwent surgery, but he’s expected to miss all of next year’s regular season.
Green won three championships with three different teams during his career spanning 13 seasons. He won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. He also won a title with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, and once again in 2020 when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
Green has an unguaranteed contract worth $10.2 million, which has tremendous value for teams looking to get under the salary cap or tax exemption. If the 76ers or any other team do not waive him before July 1, then they’re on the hook for a guaranteed contract.
Joel Embiid should’ve won the MVP this season but was a close runner-up. Despite a stellar season, Embiid battled injuries in the postseason and James Harden was a non-factor as the 76ers were knocked out in the second round by the Miami Heat.
Rough Year in Philly
The Cleveland Cavs drafted Green — a 6-foot-6 wingman from North Carolina — with a late second round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He rode the bench during his rookie season with the Cavs before he got waived. The San Antonio Spurs picked up Green, and he spent eight seasons with them and was named a started midway through the 2011-12 season. He won a title with Pops and the Spurs in 2014.
Green was once considered an ideal 3-and-D player who has a wicked jump shot — as nearly a career 40% shooter — and a former All-NBA Defensive player who can shut down opponents at multiple positions. The 76ers hoped Green could provide them consistent 3-point shooting and defense as a wing player.
Green struggled to find his footing last season in Philly. In 62 games — including 28 starts — he averaged 5.9 ppg, for his worst scoring average since his second season in the league. Green found his role even tougher after the team acquired James Harden in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. In 12 playoff starts this season, Green averaged 8.6 ppg while shooting 40.4% from 3-point range before he blew out his knee against the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.
The 76ers will also listen to any teams for a potential trade involving Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Shake Milton. So, pretty much everyone except Joel Embiid and James Harden are on the trading bloc.
The 76ers are +1500 odds to win the 2023 NBA championship, and they’re +700 odds to win the Eastern Conference next season.
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