Danny Green received a call from the Pistons on the early minutes of free agency, reports USA Today's Sam Amick and will meet with their front office, reports Real GM's Shams Charania. Other teams, including the Kings, are interested in his services.
Green is entering unrestricted free agency after a career year with the Spurs in which he averaged 12 points, four rebounds and two assists while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc and playing above average defense. In the new NBA, 3-and-D wings have value and Green is among the best around. It's not surprising, then, that he's receiving attention from several teams. This is only the beginning.
The Pistons will talk to him first and he would be a fantastic fit in Detroit. He could start right away at shooting guard in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or at small forward in a smaller lineup and create space for Andre Drummond to work inside with the threat of his shot. Green would also provide the veteran leadership to round out a young wing rotation that is at the moment comprised by Jodie Meeks, Caldwell-Pope and rookie Stanley Johnson.
The Kings have been looking for a steady shooting guard for a while despite using two lottery picks in Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas. Signing one of the best marksmen in the league would be a major coup for a team that finished 28th in three-pointers attempted and 21st in three-point field goal percentage. With Danny at the wing, the paint won't be so crowded even if George Karl plays Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins together.
Green, from Long Island, is also agreeable to a meeting with the New York Knicks. A sit-down with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher is something that Green is interested in as he told Alan Hahn on an ESPN radio show:
For sure - anybody turning down a meeting with them would be crazy, it starts with them and Melo as well.
It's too early to worry too much but it's a problem for the Spurs that Green is taking these meetings. The front office needs to wait and see how things develop with LaMarcus Aldridge before re-signing Green, as his future contract will be higher than his cap hold. If he has a concrete offer from another team, however, Green could decide to play it safe and leave the Spurs.
No contract can be signed before July 9, so there's still time to figure things out with other free agents and retain Green.