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Danny Green and Clippers have spoken

Danny Green, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have officially made contact with free agent shooting guard Danny Green, according to Andrew Greif of The Los Angeles Times:

Danny Green has been a player of interest for a number of other teams–including the Dallas Mavericks–since free agency officially opened on Sunday evening.

As for the Clippers, they are still maneuvering as though they have a chance to land one of the big stars still in play, most likely Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers have a pair of max salary slots available, and there is a chance that they could still attract a pair of stars to Los Angeles.

However, Green would also be a good fit for a roster with an abundance of shooters. The 10-year veteran averaged 10.3 points and 4.0 boards for the Toronto Raptors last season, shooting a career-high 45.5 percent beyond the arc. He has also garnered a reputation as a strong and physical perimeter defender, something the Clippers desperately need.

If Leonard does indeed leave the Raptors, the Mavs are in the “driver’s seat”  to land Green:

After helping the Raptors win their first title in franchise history, Green had said he was unsure what the future would hold for him. Given that he started 80 games for the team this past season and was a vital figure in stretching the floor, it would seem that the Raptors would at least hope to have the final word with Green.

But the Clippers are also armed with plenty of cap space, and they might even try to sign Green in an attempt to sway Leonard into joining him in Los Angeles.