Danny Green says Toronto will be hard for Kawhi Leonard to turn down next year
Toronto Raptors forward Danny Green is hoping teammate Kawhi Leonard will stick around with his new team for longer than a season. In the latest episode of his own Inside the Green Room podcast, the sharpshooter raised hope that The Klaw would succumb to the city’s charm and the fans’ roaring support.
“I don’t know where his mind is at for the future. I can’t predict or tell you. I can just tell you that the city of Toronto is gonna be hard to turn down after being there,” Danny Green said. “I’ve been going every summer for the past 10-plus years. It’s a great city and the fans are amazing.”
Green, as always, is hoping to be rather careful with these takes, considering he badly misjudged the previous saga after saying Leonard would remain with the San Antonio Spurs when it’s all said and done. Instead, he was traded along with him for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl, now both starting a new chapter of their career.
Leonard’s camp noted the 2015 Finals MVP wanted to play in his native Los Angeles, instantly swirling connections to the purple-and-gold, though nothing materialized via trade this summer.
The Los Angeles Lakers have set themselves up with a bevy of one-year deals, hoping to take a crack at the superstar in the summer of 2019 as a free agent. If Kawhi Leonard ends up liking Toronto as much as Green hopes, this could be another strike for president Magic Johnson and company after missing out on Paul George this summer, another L.A. native who hoped to play for his hometown Lakers.