Ranking the trade value of each player on the Toronto Raptors

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Danny Green

He won’t turn your offense around; he’s a very good but not a transformational defensive player; he can’t even create his own shot. Yet, every team could use themselves a Danny Green. Green is the quintessential fifth starter for a very good team, a role he fits into perfectly for Toronto.

Green’s currently posting a usage rate of just 12.8-percent, the lowest on the team and in the 12th lowest percentile at his position (Per cleaning the glass). He’s not a high-volume player, and as a result, he’s not able to carry an offense.

What Green is, is incredibly efficient. Green is averaging 1.20 points per shot attempt, fourth on the team and in the 86th percentile at his position. He doesn’t have a major impact on offenses, but the impact he has is overwhelmingly positive.

Defensively, Green provides the Raptors with a lengthy, athletic option to pair on the opposing team’s most talented guard. Kyle Lowry isn’t the every-play athlete he once was; Green’s presence has allowed Lowry to take the easier matchup most nights.

Danny Green isn’t going to become available, but in this hypothetical scenario, every contender would be calling for his services. Boston, Golden State, Milwaukee, Philadelphia (ESPECIALLY Philadelphia), could all use Green’s two-way ability and ability to stretch the floor.

Green’s contract works both for and against him. At age 31, teams won’t be on the hook for Green’s post-prime years. However, with a salary of just $10 million, Green’s being paid a very reasonable sum right now. After this season, he’ll likely get a short-term raise or a cheaper long-term deal.