When the Los Angeles Lakers signed shooting guard Danny Green to a two-year, $30 million deal last offseason, the team knew they were getting one of the best 3-and-D guys in the NBA. But more than that, the Lakers knew that Green is, above all, a winner. At that point he, had won titles with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors and was a key contributor on both teams. He had also won at the collegiate level, joining Michael Jordan and James Worthy by becoming the third North Carolina Tar Heel to win an NCAA and NBA championship.
Despite an up-and-down first season in Los Angeles that featured some ugliness, Green once again proved that he is a winner, helping the Lakers win their first title in 10 years. The 33-year-old joined teammate LeBron James and former players Robert Horry and John Salley as the only players to win three NBA titles with three different teams. Green has certainly accomplished a lot in the league since being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 46th pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft. He has been waived by a team, played for two different teams in the D-League (now the G League), and even had a stint overseas during the 2011 lockout.
Danny Green’s net worth in 2020 (estimate) $12 million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Danny Green currently has a net worth of $12 million, which is remarkable considering that he started his career at the end of the bench of a Cavs team that was the best in the Eastern Conference. Now, after finishing his 11th NBA season, Green is estimated to have made around $67.3 million throughout his career playing for the Cavaliers, Spurs, Raptors, and Lakers, and he’s set to make $15.3 million in his second year in Los Angeles.
As a rookie, Green played just 20 games for Cleveland, averaging 2.0 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 5.8 minutes per game, and he was waived at the end of the season. He made $457,000 as a rookie, a far cry from his current deal with Los Angeles.
But just when it seemed as if his NBA career would never take off, the former Tar Heel was picked up by a team that thrives in turning unheralded players into solid contributors: the Spurs. Before he could play with the Spurs, Green had to prove himself in the D-League. He did just that, putting up big numbers for the Reno Big Horns and earning a contract in San Antonio. But Green’s stint with the Spurs did not get off to a good start, as he played just eight games before being assigned to the Austin Toros, another D-League squad, making just $94,000 in his first season in San Antonio.
It was during this time that the NBA lockout happened, and Green signed with Greek club KK Union Olimpija, although he returned to the Spurs when the lockout ended. It was in the 2011-2012 season when he finally found his place in the team’s rotation, averaging 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while shooting 44.2% from the field and 43.6% from beyond the arc. He earned $854,000 in his second season in San Antonio and was a candidate for Most Improved Player.
In the offseason, Green inked a three-year, $12 million deal with the Spurs and helped them reach the 2013 NBA Finals. Against future teammates James and the Miami Heat, he knocked down a then-Finals record 27 3-pointers in the series, but the Spurs lost in seven games in an epic series. Green did not match those shooting numbers the following season, but San Antonio got its revenge in the Finals and beat Miami in five games, giving Green his first NBA title.
In the summer of 2014, Green re-signed with the Spurs on a four-year, $45 million contract. He averaged a career-best 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 43.6% from the field and 41.8% from 3-point range in 2014-15. The Spurs, however, continued to fall short, and in July 2018, he and teammate Kawhi Leonard were traded to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first-round pick.
His move north of the border, however, didn’t affect his contributions for his new team, as he averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while having career-best shooting percentages (46.5% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc) with Toronto. Together with Leonard, Green helped the Raptors win their first title in franchise history with a win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. He and Leonard parted ways the following offseason, with the Finals MVP joining the Los Angeles Clippers and Green signing with the rival Lakers.
A year after joining the Lakers, the veteran has once again proven that he’s capable of winning at the highest level. He has seen it all in his time in the NBA, and the rise of his earnings and net worth closely mirrors Danny Green’s increasing success in his career as a key contributor on three title teams.
Oh, and don’t forget, the 33-year-old also has a nice side gig going in the podcasting business.