By most tallies, the San Antonio Spurs have been the unqualified winners of the 2015 Free Agent frenzy, and not just because they landed their white whale, LaMarcus Aldridge. They were also able to convince David West to leave behind more than $10 million in guaranteed money for a chance at a title.
They even got Danny Green – who could have easily joined the melee this summer and commanded a significantly larger payday – to re-sign for what was surely well below his value on the open market. On the very first day of free agency, no less. What’s more astonishing is that his actual deal is even lower than everyone thought. It was initially reported that he agreed to a four-year, $45 million contract, but it’s now become clear that his deal is actually for four years, $40 million, with a player option in the fourth year. The crazy part is that Green feels the deal was perfectly fair, regardless of whether most people would disagree with that assessment. Via Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express News:
So why didn’t Green cash in on the fact that the other 29 teams around the league were willing to spend like they’re playing with Monopoly money in anticipation of the skyrocketing salary cap over the next couple of seasons? It couldn’t have possibly been simply because his notoriously taciturn coach Gregg Popovich promised to be a little nicer this season, could it? Which wouldn’t exactly be a Herculean effort, by the way, considering that the last time we saw them interact, Pop was telling him to “shut the f*ck up.”