The Raptors’ biggest unrestricted free agent may also create the biggest dilemma for the franchise.
Danny Green was an addition to the trade that brought Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, but he was no mere afterthought. He continued to be one of the NBA’s best 3-and-D players. While his play dipped in the postseason — he only hit double-digits once in the last five contests and didn’t score in the last game — Green still shot a mesmerizing 45.5 percent from 3-point range this season. Only Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets shot better from long distance.
That being said, is Green truly worth $10 million a season? That’s how much he’s earned in each of the past four seasons, according to Spotrac. His defense is an undervalued asset of his game, but the ability to stand in the corner and pop an open 3 is more and more common in the NBA now.
If the Raptors want to use their money to retain Leonard and Marc Gasol, it may be wise to find cheaper options in the 3-and-D department.
Green told The Breakfast Club that he wants to return to the Raptors, but it’s not currently clear if the team and the newly-minted 32-year-old will agree on a number.