North Babylon's Danny Green will remain in San Antonio for at least another three years, and he'll get a $12-million payday, the Spurs guard confirmed Tuesday at his youth basketball camp in Floral Park.
Green said he'd been talking to his agent and learned the full terms of the deal -- a fully guaranteed, three-year contract -- a few days ago and is excited about his first long-term contract in the NBA. Players can begin officially signing contracts Wednesday since the league's moratorium has ended. Green is coming off a solid season in which he started 38 games, averaged 9.1 points and shot 43.6 percent from the three-point line.
"I'm very excited," Green said, eyes trained on his young players at the nearly weeklong Floral Park High School-based camp. "I'm glad to be back, getting another shot at the title . . . It makes me a little more comfortable with a guaranteed contract for three years."
Green, who turned 25 June 22, was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers in October 2010 and by the Spurs in November of the same year before the team re-signed him later in the season. Green, a standout at St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, helped the Spurs win a league-high 50 games and reach the Western Conference finals last season, before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now that his future is secure, Green aspires to becoming a regular starter and helping lead his team to a title. He'd also like to play in the Olympics, he said.
"I was very excited for him," Green's father, Danny Green Sr., said before confirming the $12- million figure. "If a player doesn't get signed to team that he's with, he has to relocate everything."
Despite the whirlwind few days, he spent Tuesday overseeing the camp, the first of three. The other two camps, slated for the end of July and beginning of August, will be in North Babylon. Green is also overseeing a Long Island All-Star basketball game July 28.
"A lot of kids look to us as role models," Green said. "We come back . . . [and] it teaches some things."