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Danny Green reacts to LeBron James’ Lakers goodbye message

Danny Green, LeBron James, Lakers

Former Lakers guard Danny Green thanked LeBron James Thursday night, following the NBA Finals MVP’s show of support for both Green and point guard Quinn Cook.

Traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last week in a trade that netted Los Angeles Dennis Schroder, Green’s tenure with the Lakers had been defined by the guard missing a potential game winning three point attempt in the closing seconds of game five of the NBA Finals. Though LA eventually secured the series victory two days later, seizing the franchise 17th title, and Green’s third, the moment fueled a rush of criticism towards the shooting guard for his inconsistent play throughout the postseason.

Subject to a torrent of attacks on social media, including from rapper and Lakers fan Snoop Dog, the 33-year old player and his fiancee also received death threats as a result of the miss.

Despite the Lakers controversy, Green has retained value in the trade market, not only as an asset the Thunder received in parting with Schroder, but one that they subsequently flipped to the Philadelphia 76ers for center Al Horford and two draft picks. Not only will Green provide wing-depth and shooting for a Sixers squad in desperate need of it, but will play on an expiring contract.

Point guard Quinn Cook meanwhile, was waived Thursday afternoon, in a move meant to clear salary-cap space . Though he rarely cracked the rotation with any consistency, the former Duke Blue Devil won his third NBA championship with the Lakers following two with the Golden State Warriors. He has an NCAA title on his resume as well.

As if the veteran needed any more hardware, Cook also reportedly won the Lakers Madden tournament at the NBA’s bubble in Orlando.