There was a lot of big money being thrown around this offseason, especially to the "3-and-D" specialists. Those wing players who can defend the perimeter and be deadly with 3-point shooting have become must-haves in today's more perimeter-oriented NBA, and the executives of the league rewarded them this summer by giving out big deals to many of the top 3-and-D players. There was one curious case though of someone who took less money than expected.

San Antonio Spurs wing Danny Green was expected to get a contract along the lines of what Khris Middleton, DeMarre Carroll and Wesley Matthews all received in their free agency negotiations. They all were signed to contracts that ranged from $14 million to $17.5 million per season on average. And yet, Green stuck with the team over individual mentality of the Spurs by sticking with them on a four-year, $40 million contract.

While most people believe he took less money to be on a title contender, Green believes he took what he was worth on the open market.