The Cavs were among multiple teams to have interest in Green, who negotiated a buyout with the Houston Rockets on Sunday, according to a tweet from Bleacher Report Senior NBA Insider Chris Haynes. Though Cleveland and the Boston Celtics emerged as the frontrunners for the 35-year-old wing, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns were also involved, Wojnarowski added.
The 14-season NBA veteran averaged three points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game in three games played with the Memphis Grizzlies before the buyout, according to Basketball Reference. Green knocked down 37.5% of his 3-point attempts, a far cry from the 45.5% he hit with the Toronto Raptors in the 2018-19 season.
Green spent most of the 2022-23 season recovering from an ACL and LCL tear he suffered during a game against the Miami Heat. He was injured when Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid fell onto his left leg after a shot attempt.
Danny Green said he wasn’t aware of how serious the injury was until he tried to walk off the court, wrote ESPN NBA writer Tim Bontemps.
“I knew once it happened, I felt it,” Green said. “I knew I wasn’t able to return to the game, but I didn’t realize how serious it was until I tried to put weight on it, and it buckled. Then I realized it’s probably gonna take some time.”
A former second-round selection out of North Carolina by Cleveland in the 2009 NBA draft, Danny Green played with the Cavs when the team featured center Zydrunas Ilgauskas in his last year with the Cavaliers, Hall-of-Fame center Shaquille O’Neal in his second-to-last year in the NBA and now-Cavs global ambassador Anderson Varejão. Green played in 20 games before fighting for and earning a roster spot with the San Antonio Spurs, where he played in eight seasons and won a championship.
Green earned two more rings with the Lakers and Raptors.