For some clarity on the Kawhi Leonard saga, Danny Green said the San Antonio Spurs wants to stay.
With the 2018 offseason weeks away once the NBA Finals wrap up, the San Antonio Spurs will have to endure the saga around Kawhi Leonard, who’s franchise status remains in question. Reports on his declining relationship with the organization have clouded this, with speculation of the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers as potential destinations.
Could there be some clarification on Leonard’s future, though? Spurs guard Danny Green went on ESPN’s Get Up to discuss this and shed some light on the future.
The 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Second Teamer said Leonard told him he wants to remain with the Spurs: “I think he wants to be in San Antonio.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 25, 2018
That’s one of the closest primary sources fans will hear on Leonard’s future. Green has been teammates with the former MVP candidate since his arrival in the 2011 NBA Draft, so this might be one of the best ways for anyone to hear on the offseason speculation without a new report or rumor.
Everything started when the Spurs ruled Leonard out indefinitely, before the 2017-18 season, due to a right quadriceps injury. This carried into December, and he returned for a full month, on and off, before the organization took him off the court again for the same ailment.
Leonard has one year left on his contract, but there’s an organization hope that he will accept a “supermax” deal for five years, $219 million. It’s more money than other teams can offer if he decides to test free agency in 2019.
Is money the reason for Leonard’s desire to stay? Maybe so, and fans will have to see as the offseason transpires because it would impact the roster and the team’s potential plans in the draft and free agency.