Danny Green hopes to remain with the Lakers but admits he could get traded
Danny Green recently gave a candid remark about the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers trading him at some point next season. The 33-year-old guard still has a year left on his $30 million deal with the Purple and Gold, making him the perfect trade piece for a team looking to bolster its chances for a repeat.
Green bared on his Inside the Green Room podcast (via Larry Brown Sports) his desire to return to Tinseltown and run it back with the Lakers but understands that his future with the team is pretty much out of his hands. Although he added general manager Rob Pelinka is a straight-up person.
“It’s been almost 10 years now me hearing about trade rumors. You ignore the noise. If it happens, it happens. (Pelinka) is a respectful guy. I’m sure he’ll give me a call. I understand the nature of the business. Everybody is going to get better. Everybody’s looking to make moves and get better, so we need to do that as well.”
Green has been extra introspective recently as he also opened up about the death threats he received from Lakers fans on ClutchPoints’ Battle for LA Podcast.
The reigning champions, meanwhile, are gearing up for a busy offseason with several key players set to enter free agency. Obviously, the Lakers brass’ top priority is re-signing Anthony Davis to a super-maximum extension, which many believe is already a done deal. Then there’s the case for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, and Dwight Howard, whose stock all rose after their strong outing in the Lakers’ title run.
Green believes the Lakers can come to an agreement with all these guys.
“It’s going to be hard to bring back all 10 free agents. But if we bring back the majority with the nucleus that we have now, I still believe we have the potential to do something great.”
Danny Green was one of Lakers’ key free agent acquisitions last summer and was expected to shore up the team’s wings. He tallied 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in the regular season but took flak for his anemic shooting and poor performance overall in the NBA Playoffs.