Milwaukee Bucks Rumors: Reached out to free agent Danny Green?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 17 (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks might not be done filling out their roster just yet after a few interesting free agent signings to this point.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Harrison Sanford, the Bucks are among four contending teams that have reached out to free agent guard Danny Green. Sanford is the co-host on the  “Inside the Green Room” podcast, where he is joined by his fellow host in Green himself, so this news is certainly interesting.

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Green had himself a solid year with the rivaling Philadelphia 76ers by averaging 9.5 points on .412/.405/.775 shooting splits, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. Sanford notes that while Green and the 76ers have had discussions over the past day that could potentially bring him back for another season, the two sides are “nowhere close” to agreeing to a new deal.

If the Bucks are serious about their pursuit of Green, let us take a look at why the fit might make sense.

The Milwaukee Bucks should smartly make a push to sign Danny Green

As Sanford mentioned in his report, Green is familiar with Bucks’ head coach Mike Budenholzer, as the two go back to their days with the San Antonio Spurs, where Bud was an assistant. Noting that the pair have a “pre-existing” relationship, perhaps having Budenholzer around could be an advantage for the Bucks, although the Boston Celtics were mentioned in that same breath with their new head coach Ime Udoka, another former Spurs disciple.

If a reunion with Budenholzer were to help entice the guard to Milwaukee, his fit on the court would be seamless. Green has made a living in the league as a perimeter shooting, knocking 40.1 percent of his 4.8 attempts per game over his ongoing career. The swingman is coming off one of his most productive seasons yet as he shot 40.5 percent on a career-high 6.3 attempts per game with the 76ers this past season.

Green was a perfect fit for the 76ers because he spaced the floor for Philadelphia’s All-Star duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and he could do the same in Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo has always thrived with perimeter shooters alongside him, and one of his best friends last season was the sharpshooting Bryn Forbes. The pair were such a perfect fit for one another on the floor as Antetokounmpo created many open looks for the guard, which helped him shoot a career-best 45.2 percent from deep. With Forbes reportedly heading back to San Antonio, the Bucks need a replacement, and Green fits the bill to be the Greek Freak’s new outside threat.

Not only would Green help improve the team’s shooting struggles, but he would help shore up their defense on the wing as well. While he might not be the savvy defender that he once was, Green can certainly hold his own on the perimeter. While Tucker heading to South Beach and the status of Donte DiVincenzo is unknown following season-ending surgery earlier in the playoffs, the Bucks will need to add defense on the wing. Green would help patch that up alongside players like Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday.

Lastly, Green brings championship experience to a team that is looking to defend their title as World Champions next season. The 34-year-old has won three NBA titles throughout his time in the league, playing a key role on each with his sharpshooting and defensive prowess. As the Bucks gear up for another run, adding a solid veteran like Green would certainly be a big win.

While the chatter around Green this offseason has been quiet, the Bucks could offer the veteran their $5.9 million Taxpayer MLE. It remains to be seen whether or not he is potentially seeking more than that on his next deal, but it is interesting to see Milwaukee mentioned among the potential suitors.

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Green would fit like a glove under Budenholzer, instantly getting minutes in a rotation that embraces outside shooting to the max.