The Dallas Mavericks wanted to sign Danny Green during free agency last summer. Here is a look at it, and what would be different with Green in Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks are one of the surprise teams in the Western Conference. They have taken the leap from the lottery to a legit playoff team this season. The transformation from Luka Doncic is the chief reason.
That does not mean they have hit on every target, though. One that got away was Danny Green. The Mavericks were willing to wait on his free agency decision last summer.
Green discusses his interest in Dallas and how hard they pursued him in a recent episode of the Lowe Post podcast. Fans can listen to his comments here.
What if Green signed with Mavs
The decision hinged on Kawhi Leonard. If Leonard went to the Lakers, Green was going to Dallas. When Kawhi and Paul George were paired on the Clippers, that opened the door for Green to sign a two-year $30 million deal with the Lakers.
The Mavericks wanted Green badly. It would have changed how they did business last summer. The Mavs had a plethora of free agents they re-signed. It would have been interesting to see if they would have brought back Seth Curry and Dorian Finney-Smith. The roster would look different because Green would have cost $15 million per season plus he takes up a spot on the wing.
Danny Green would be a fantastic fit next to Luka Doncic. Over his last 1,291 3-point attempts, Green has hit 40.2 percent of them. He is also averaging over a steal and nearly a block per game. Green brings a veteran presence with championship experience. He is a stellar role player that would improve every NBA roster.
The Mavericks missed out on Danny Green, but it has all worked out. Others have stepped up to fill that role. Luka has made life easier for everyone on the team. The Mavs and Lakers are both heading toward the playoffs, so it has worked out for all involved.
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