Ellis plans to discuss a long-term contract with the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat in free agency after opting out of the final year of his contract on Wednesday. He had an option worth $8.72 million.
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 would be a huge addition to the Mavericks. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range last season on 5.6 attempts per game, and he is one of the league’s best wing defenders. If you’re 6-foot-8 and can guard point guards and hit 3s like that, you’re extremely valuable in today’s NBA. Green couldn’t be more different than Ellis, but he would take some pressure off of Chandler Parsons defensively and fit in just fine in Rick Carlisle’s offensive system.
Already, Green is trying to prepare himself for the madness to come.
“I hope it doesn’t get too crazy,” he said. “You don’t want to count on things in advance, but I just hope I can capitalize on I guess what you’d call a career peak.”
“They have expressed that they’d love to have me back and I’d love to be back,” Green said. “They have some things they want to do, I have some things I want to do. It’s a matter of the timetable, the money situation, how things go.”
“I know how this business goes,” Green said. “There’s a lot you can’t control. If I get a great deal, a good city, a good organization, a winning team — everybody wants to have that.”
Odds are that the 28-year-old remains where he is. The Spurs have to know how much he means to them, and they can’t want to see him going to a Texas rival. If he’s indeed asking for $10 to $12 million per season, that’s more than reasonable considering where the salary cap is going.