In a surprising turn of events, former Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green has chosen to extend his NBA career by joining the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2024 season as a free agent. This move comes after the conclusion of the 2022-2023 NBA season, which saw the Cleveland Cavaliers emerge as the champions.
Danny Green, a well-known figure in the league, opted for a second stint in the Eastern Conference, playing for a team with a strong connection to his past as a player. The City of Brotherly Love will be his new basketball home.
Green’s journey in the NBA has been marked by notable achievements and challenges. He originally signed with the Los Angeles Lakers following the 2018-19 season. During that season, he played a pivotal role in helping the Toronto Raptors secure the NBA championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors in a thrilling six-game series alongside Kawhi Leonard.
The transition to the West Coast in 2020 saw Green facing new challenges. Known for his deadly three-point shooting and defensive prowess, Green’s performance behind the arc in Los Angeles did not meet the expectations of fans, drawing criticism on social media. The pinnacle of this criticism occurred during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in the bubble, when Green missed a crucial wide-open three-point shot that could have secured the championship for the Lakers.
Despite the criticism, the Lakers clinched the championship in the following game. However, the backlash from fans, including death threats, likely played a role in Green’s decision to leave the team. Subsequently, he found himself in Philadelphia for the 2021 season, embarking on a new chapter in his career.
During his initial two-season tenure with the 76ers, Green encountered a setback when he tore his ACL in the second season. This injury had a noticeable impact on his performance, especially compared to his prime years with the San Antonio Spurs, where some argue he could have been the 2014 Finals MVP, surpassing his former teammate Kawhi Leonard.
Now at the age of 36, Danny Green recognizes that this opportunity with the Philadelphia 76ers may be one of the last stops in his illustrious career. Green, a three-time NBA champion, played a crucial role in delivering banner #17 to the Los Angeles Lakers. As he joins the 76ers, fans eagerly await to see how the seasoned veteran will contribute to his new team in the upcoming 2024 NBA season.