While Green and Leonard came as a package, there is no …

While Green and Leonard came as a package, there is no guarantee they remain one after this season. Both former Spurs are heading into free agency this summer and while Green is open to anything, last summer proved anything can happen. “Obviously we don’t know what’s going to happen after this year,” he said. “I would love to still be here (with the Raptors), obviously, but we don’t know. We don’t know where [Leonard’s] going to be, we don’t know a lot of things (that) are going to happen. “In terms of decision making, (Leonard’s future) affects everybody.”

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“If [Leonard] stays they might want to bring everybody back, if he leaves they might want to change, who knows?” Green said. “We’re both grown, we can make our own decisions for our own families. We might sit down and talk about it to see what page he’s on and how he feels about something and how I feel, but at this point we’re not thinking about that or talking about it. We’re trying to play good basketball… and get everybody healthy and winning games. “Hopefully at the end of the year we can celebrate somethings, outside of free agency.”
The Toronto Raptors are understandably focused on doing everything in their power to show why Kawhi Leonard should stay with the franchise beyond the 2018-19 season. It’s worth keeping in mind, though, that the other San Antonio player Masai Ujiri acquired in the trade that sent DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick the other way is also a free agent this coming summer. Danny Green has become a crucial piece of the puzzle for the 21-7 Toronto Raptors, leading the league in individual net rating at plus-17.2 courtesy of some excellent defence and shooting a team-best 42.7 per cent from beyond the arc.
The 31-year-old is looking much like the player who had a significant role to play in the Spurs’ back-to-back NBA Finals runs in 2013 and 2014, and hinted that he’d very much like to be back in Toronto beyond this season on Sunday. “They figure if they keep Kawhi, then they can keep me, I guess,” Green said when making an appearance on Bleacher Report’s The Full 48 podcast. “You don’t have to keep him to have me.”
The former NBA champion then went on to express his belief in the current iteration of the Raptors, and that keeping everyone around could be a huge opportunity for the franchise. “It’d be great to have both of us back because I think we have something special here in Toronto with the core group, and if we can keep everybody together and continue to grow, I think we can change the organization around to being something different.”
It's not an easy decision, but in the end, Danny Green has always bet on himself. League sources tell the Express-News Green will likely forgo free agency and exercise the final year of his contract with the Spurs, earning roughly $10 million for the 2018-19 season.
League sources told the Express-News that Green might not attract another $10 million per year deal if he opts out but something in the $5-8 million range, with most teams likely offering the mid-level exception (projected at roughly $8.6 million for non-taxpaying teams; approximately $5 million for taxpaying teams).
Though playing out the final year with no security beyond next season was something Green contemplated, passing up on $10 million next season, in what is expected to be a tight market this summer, is a risk as well. League sources told the Express-News that Green might not attract another $10 million per year deal if he opts out but something in the $5-8 million range, with most teams likely offering the mid-level exception (projected at roughly $8.6 million for non-taxpaying teams; approximately $5 million for taxpaying teams).
Bobby Marks: Maximum cap space in San Antonio this offseason could be $16.8M. The room would project Danny Green and Joffrey Lauvergne opting-out and all free agent holds including players that are redirected being renounced. Room could increase to $33M if the Pau Gasol money is moved.
You have a roughly $10 million player option for next season. Will you decide on that option once you return from Japan or is it already decided? Danny Green: I’m taking some time. I don’t know what the decision is going to be. It depends on the feedback I get from my agent and what I get back from the organization. I think they are taking some time as well to take a breath because so much has gone with the organization outside of the players with Pop (Gregg Popovich) and the draft stuff is going on. There is a lot to be processed and taken into account on both sides. Not just the player’s side but the organizational side.
You have a roughly $10 million player option for next season. Will you decide on that option once you return from Japan or is it already decided? Danny Green: "I’m taking some time. I don’t know what the decision is going to be. It depends on the feedback I get from my agent and what I get back from the organization. I think they are taking some time as well to take a breath because so much has gone with the organization outside of the players with Pop (Gregg Popovich) and the draft stuff is going on. There is a lot to be processed and taken into account on both sides. Not just the player’s side but the organizational side."
Is a long-term deal something you’re hoping to seek with the Spurs? Danny Green: "That’s always an option. Long-term is always the key to being in the NBA as long as you can. The market is not what it was. Last summer, the money wasn’t thrown out there as much as it was. That has to be taken into account for everybody. But I think longevity is the key for must guys especially for guys that are getting older. … But there is a lot of options that come into play and (a long-term deal) has crossed my mind."
Spurs free agent shooting guard Danny Green is back from vacation in Brazil and agreeable to a meeting with his hometown Knicks. Green, the Babylon, Long Island native, said just having Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher leading the charge is enough to listen. “For sure – anybody turning down a meeting with them would be crazy,’’ Green said Tuesday night on Alan Hahn’s ESPN Radio show in the hours leading into the free-agency period. “It starts with them and Melo as well.’’
For Green, it was mission accomplished, as he helped the Spurs knockoff the Blazers en route to advancing and winning the NBA Finals. It’s been reported that he could have interest in joining the team he helped defeat, but CSNNW.com has learned, as of now, the Blazers aren’t expected to meet with Green, who will hit the free agent market on Wednesday.
It’s been reported that he could have interest in joining the team he helped defeat, but CSNNW.com has learned, as of now, the Blazers aren’t expected to meet with Green, who will hit the free agent market on Wednesday.
As Monta Ellis pursues a new deal on the east coast, the Dallas Mavericks are targeting San Antonio Spurs free agent Danny Green, league sources told RealGM.
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