With the news that Monta Ellis will opt out of his final contract year breaking Wednesday morning, it appears that the Dallas Mavericks are already looking to replace him. Shams Charania of RealGM is reporting that the Mavs are targeting Spurs shooting guard Danny Green.
Since the start of summer, Green has been rumored as a possible replacement if the team parted ways with Ellis. The Mavs are looking to improve defensively and get bigger at the off guard, qualities that Green provides. From Charania:
As the prime template of a three-and-defense player in today's NBA, Green could command around $10 to $12 million as an unrestricted free agent, a former second-round NBA draft selection who will land his first major contract.
Green holds the NBA Finals record for three-pointers set in 2013. Green has a strong desire to return to the Spurs, sources said, but free agency could hold more lucrative deals elsewhere.
Green is a career 42 percent 3-point shooter and posted a defensive rating of 98.4 this season. However, his penchant for streaky shooting has garnered him the nickname "Icy Hot" during his time in San Antonio.
There are a number of other shooting guards entering free agency this summer so the Mavs shouldn't put all their eggs in one basket. Green's price tag may also be too much to swallow if the front office continues to pursue marquee free agents who will demand max deals. That said, Green is a quality player and Dallas' interest in him is a positive sign going forward.