Danny Green is recovering from a torn ACL and has only played in three games so far this season, but he is still one of the most talked-about buyout candidates available right now.
Green, 35, was sent to the Houston Rockets this past week in a three-team trade that saw the Memphis Grizzlies get shooting guard Luke Kennard from the Los Angeles Clippers and Eric Gordon get sent to L.A.
Much like John Wall, who will have 4 teams chasing him after he gets waived, Green doesn’t fit into Houston’s long-term plans. A buyout is coming.
The question now is where Green goes from there. Although he obviously hasn’t done anything of note in the 2022-23 season, he is a career 40 percent three-point shooter and proven leader in the locker room.
At the moment, four legit suitors for Green’s services have quietly emerged.
The first is the Los Angeles Lakers, who have made a habit of going backwards and re-acquiring old players who helped them win a championship and then they inexplicably rid themselves of.
“Danny Green is the interesting player in Houston. I’m told that he would like to be waived just like John Wall is being waived, and not have to do a buyout… teams like [the] Boston [Celtics], Cleveland [Cavaliers], Los Angeles [Lakers], they have great interest in him,” Adrian Wojnarowski said on ESPN this past week.
The Celtics and Cavaliers also obviously make a ton of sense for Green, as both are legit title contender looking for veteran minutes in the playoffs and the ability to knock down shots.
One other squad to keep an eye on? The Dallas Mavericks. After the Phoenix Suns swooped in and stole Terrence Ross from them on Saturday, they still need fresh pickups off the buyout market.
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Green would fit the bill.
One way or the other, Green’s buyout from the Rockets is looming. And once it happens, he is going to a contender.
Which one will ultimately pick him up when it’s all said and done? An answer should emerge within the next week.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.