Danny Green optimistic about Kawhi Leonard’s outlook for 2018-19 season
Toronto Raptors forward Danny Green was plenty optimistic about his still-teammate Kawhi Leonard, as both wings were traded from the San Antonio Spurs as part of the fallout of Kawhi-gate.
Green spent some time with The Klaw in San Diego and felt confident he’d make a return to full health, considering that he only played nine games last season in a Spurs uniform.
“He asked me some questions about how I feel about [the trade] and I was like, ‘It’s great, man. I love the situation,’” said Danny Green during his very own Inside The Green Room podcast . “[He] said his body looks good, said his body feels good. I’m looking forward to see how he comes out this year – everybody is, I’m sure – but I think he’s antsy. He said he’s been working out for two years.”
Green expounded in ample detail of the extent of his recovery, which is still a major question, despite passing his physical to complete the trade.
“He’s played a little bit of one-on-ones here and there just to get in shape, get some contact in because he hasn’t played five-on-five much – he hasn’t played five-on-five for a while. But just to get some context, we played some twos with Toronto and some threes – well he didn’t play that – but we got some good workouts in, and then he gave me some good feedback.
“So right now, I think he’s just excited to play. It’ll be interesting to see.”
Kawhi Leonard recently ranked 12th in Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 NBA players’ list despite a forgettable 2017-18 season, marred with drama and inactivity. Green is hopeful that Leonard will fall in love with Toronto and remain his teammate, despite his camp’s desires to wind up in Los Angeles next offseason.