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The Philadelphia 76ers have a few upcoming free agents, but none more important than 34-year-old Danny Green. His recent beef with the fanbase aside, Green had a good first year in Philly, contributing both on and off the court in the Sixers’ ascent to the No. 1 seed.
Just about all logic points to Green returning next season. And he should return — the Sixers have very little excuse to let him walk. That said, Keith Pompey’s seemingly offhand remark that Green “probably won’t be a Sixer moving forward” is enough to raise some eyebrows. He is, after all, one of the city’s most plugged-in beat reporters.
Green played in 69 games last season, averaging 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds on 40.5 percent shooting from 3-point range. He shot the most 3s of any Sixers starter, and did so while playing mostly above-average defense. He is worth keeping around, and the Sixers have his Early Bird Rights — the ability to re-sign him for up to 175 percent of his previous contract, which was worth $15.4 million.
So, again, on paper, there’s no reason to let him walk. Unless he simply refuses to return, the Sixers can offer him more money than any sane-minded team, and do so with no real cap ramifications.
Let me explain.
3 reasons the Sixers should re-sign Danny Green: On-court benefits
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