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Danny Green clears the air on free agency rumors

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The Sixers played the tail end of their ill-fated second round series vs. the Hawks without Danny Green, who in one season proved to be a solid and reliable presence in the starting lineup.

Will he get another shot at helping this team to a Conference Finals, and maybe even a title?

If you listen to Green discuss his upcoming offseason on the newest Takeoff with John Clark podcast, the veteran clarified some prevailing rumors and also dropped a few hints at what might be coming in the next month.

Here's what Green said when asked if he thought he'd be back in a Sixers uniform next year:

"I have a feeling that they want me back. We haven't had a chance to talk yet, I have not spoken to Doc. There's rumors that I had conversations and dinners already, that I said I'm not coming back or that I am coming back. No conversation has been had yet, no dinner has been had yet, no exit meeting has been had yet. I love Doc, we've had a great relationship, built up a relationship over this year, that was amazing. But we're not allowed to talk free agency until Aug. 2, that's when we're allowed to discuss things. I have a feeling they want me back, and that we can give it another shot. We'll see."

Very interesting. This lines up with what we've heard since the season ended from Doc Rivers, who according to Green said the sharpshooter "will be back" during a year-end meeting with the head coach.

 

If Green returns, he likely slots into the starting shooting guard position again unless a potential Ben Simmons trade - or something we aren't expecting yet - yields a superior two-guard. No one on the Sixers' roster showed enough in the way of consistency or production this past year to nudge Green off that spot.

Another part of this discussion is determining how much Green might cost. He made $15 million last year as part of a two-year deal he signed with the Lakers, which was the highest cap hit of his career. Green just turned 34 last month, but he's still productive and his combination of skills and leadership make him a valuable asset for any potential contender. 

I'd like to imagine (and I'm sure Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey would like to imagine) that Green won't be making $15 million again, but it might be hard to get him under $12 million when guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Snell, J.J. Redick, and Joe Harris are around that number or higher.

Flat-out, the Sixers need shooters for their team to work as constructed, and Green is far and away their most reliable threat from deep if he returns, so he'll be able to demand a pretty penny. We'll see if both sides decide the fit is right, but don't be surprised if an announcement comes down the pike in the coming weeks.

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