OKC Thunder needs a Danny Green-type of player

COMMENTARY — Players who can shoot and defend are out there. It’s Sam Presti’s job to go out and find them.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 17, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) and San Antonio's Danny Green (4) watch a Green 3-point shot go in as fans celebrate during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) and San Antonio's Danny Green (4) watch a Green 3-point shot go in as fans celebrate during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Played 20 games and 115 minutes for those Cavs. He was a teammate of LeBron. During the season, Green spent four days with the D-League’s Erie BayHawks.

In October 2010, the Cavs cut Green.

In November 2010, the Spurs signed Green. He played two games and was cut.

In March 2011, the Spurs re-signed Green. He played six games the rest of the regular season. He was sent to the D-League’s Austin Toros for a game but was immediately recalled. In the playoffs, Green played in four games of the Memphis series, all in limited duty.’

During the lockout of 2011, Green went to Europe and played for a team in Slovenia.

When the lockout was over, Green made the Spurs squad, played in all 66 games of that shortened season and became a starter in February.

The rest you should know. In July 2012, Green signed a three-year contract for approximately $11.3 million total.

That’s an NBA success story, but let’s not pretend the Spurs found a diamond in the rough. Let’s not pretend they spotted another Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili or even Leonard and nurtured him along. The Spurs cut Green once and let him languish on the bench for long stretches another time.

Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for is the one thing you can’t see. Even if you’re Gregg Popovich.

So while the Thunder seeks a quality shooting guard, Presti can look to the draft or look to the free-agent market or even look on the Thunder bench.

He might also look under a rock. Sometimes that’s where you find gems.

They’re hard to find. But they are out there.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at . He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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