Dallas Mavericks now have 3-time NBA champion buyout candidate to fill wing needs
The Dallas Mavericks are searching for help on the wing (subscription required) in the buyout market, according to general manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison. It appeared they were close to adding Terrence Ross before the Suns swooped in to secure the veteran services. Dallas has an open roster and a need for a quality rotation player on the wing.
Danny Green is the latest player to become available. He was traded from Memphis to Houston at the deadline, but the rebuilding Rockets had no use for the veteran wing. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Green was finalizing a buyout, and he has multiple suitors on the free agent market.
The Mavericks nearly signed Danny Green in 2019 before he went on to win his third NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a starter on their bubble title team that featured current Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd. Could that relationship give Dallas an edge in landing Green now?
***UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Green is signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Dallas Mavericks now have a 3-time NBA champion buyout candidate to fill wing needs
Green is a 3-and-D wing. He can defend multiple positions, including on the ball, and he is a career 39.9 percent shooter from 3-point range. The 35-year-old veteran is working his way back from a torn ACL that has limited him to just three games this season. Still, a fully healthy Green could play an impactful ten to 20 minutes per game in the playoffs. Fans know he is no stranger to hitting big shots.
Can the Mavericks defeat the Lakers, Celtics, Suns, and Cavaliers for his services? The Suns still have wing needs after landing Terrence Ross, and the addition of Kevin Durant makes them the favorite for any desired target. Green wanted to come to Dallas before, and now he could play with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Expect the Mavs to be in the race, but Green could decide to take his talents elsewhere.
Danny Green is expected to select his new team in the coming days, and fans should stay tuned for all the latest. Will he decide to join the Dallas Mavericks or does he see another team as a better chance to chase his fourth ring? Time will tell.