Danny Green was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2022 NBA draft.
Green last played in the NBA in the 2021-22 season for the Philadelphia 76ers. The Grizzlies were widely expected to offload Green this offseason, however, recent reports have claimed that they want to use him when he returns from injury. Memphis are looking to keep him because they value his experience and think he can still be an asset.
As far as his contract is concerned, Danny Green is currently on the two-year, $20 million deal he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. This includes $20 million in guaranteed money at an annual average salary of $10 million. In the 2021-2022 season, Green earned a base salary of $10 million, with a cap hit and a dead cap value of $10 million each.
In 2022-2023 season, he will earn $10 million. His contract expires at the end of the season and he will be an unregistered free agent. While it is still possible that he will continue with the Grizzlies past the current season, the team is set to at least keep him until his contract runs out.
Why the Memphis Grizzlies are opting to keep Danny Green
Danny Green recently announced on his podcast that he intends to return for the Portland Trail Blazers game on February 1. Green, who has won three NBA championships, believes he can play a crucial role in the Grizzlies' championship aspirations.
The Memphis Grizzlies' management, including general manager Zach Kleiman and coach Taylor Jenkins, have praised Green's impact on the team. This, even before he has played a game for them, speaks volumes. Green suffered a tear to both the anterior and lateral cruciate ligaments in his left knee while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in May.
NBA analyst Zach Lowe said that the Memphis Grizzlies are happy with his presence on the team:
“I keep hearing that (the Grizzlies) don’t want to trade Danny Green. They love Danny Green’s locker room presence. They think he might play for them the rest of the season whenever he comes back.”
Green has played for several NBA teams throughout his career, including the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers. If the player can return to the Grizzlies set-up and demonstrate his value, he might as well end up winning a new contract.
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