So apparently, the then-New Jersey Nets could've picked up Danny Green last year. According to Avery Johnson, who was coach last season, they were so close on getting the NBA Finals record-holder for most three-pointers. Here's NetsDaily
with the report and the transcript
After the Spurs' win over the Heat, Green's' shooting was a hot topic on First Take, hosted by Stephen A. Smith. Johnson took the opportunity to talk about how good he thought Green was during his tenure at Nets coach.
AJ: "I remember with the Nets, Billy King and I, we were trying convince Pop to cut Danny Green so we could bring him at the time to New Jersey."
SAS: "You were trying to hoodwink Pop?
AJ: "YES!" (all laugh)
SAS: "Oh my goodness! You were trying to hoodwink Pop."
AJ: "And Pop said if he has one more bad game we're going to cut him and he made a bunch of threes in this one particular game and he kept him."
According to NetsDaily, that "one particular game" was January 7th, 2012 when the Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets, 121-117. Danny Green scored a season-high 24 points. That obviously got him back on Pop's good side.
Avery Johnson, as we all know, has a history with Popovich. Johnson played with the Spurs in 1991, 1992-93, and then 1994-2001. We all remember the shot he hit against the New York Knicks that clinched the Spurs' first championship in 1999. So Avery Johnson knew Pop pretty well but not well enough to outsmart him. Green would've been a nice addition, too; the Nets could've used his three-point shooting as they only shot .316 from behind the arc against the Bulls in the playoffs. The Nets did end up signing Gerald Green, Danny's cousin, on February 27th, 2012. Gerald Green would end up going to the Pacers during the offseason.
In the meantime, Danny Green has a chance to add to his Finals record for most three-pointers. More importantly, he has a chance to help the Spurs clinch their fifth championship later on tonight against the Miami Heat.