After helping the Raptors win their first NBA championship last month, Danny Green said he would “like to be back in Toronto.”
Some assumed the swingman’s decision would be based on whether Kawhi Leonard returned to Toronto.
But a report by the Dallas Morning News suggests Green told Toronto he would not return, no matter what Leonard decided.
“Danny Green told (the) Mavs he was not returning to Toronto, even if Leonard came back to (the) Raptors. His choices always were (the) Lakers or Dallas,” the report stated.
Not that it matters now, but I’m told that Danny Green told Mavs he was not returning to Toronto, even if Leonard came back to Raptors. His choices always were Lakers or Dallas. Had Leonard chosen Lakers, Green would be a Maverick. Even if so, Dallas planned to pursue Wright.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) July 9, 2019
Leonard, of course, agreed to a four-year, $142 million deal with the Clippers. Moments after that news broke last weekend, Green announced in a video on social media he would sign with the Lakers, a two-year deal reportedly worth $30 million.
“I had a fun time in the city of Toronto, love the organization,” Green said, in part. “Thank you guys. Thank you to my teammates. Thank you to the fans. Always have a great place in my heart. Never forget obviously the historic run we had.”
The report also noted that even if Green had signed with the Mavericks, the team would have still pursued Delon Wright. The Mavs acquired the guard Monday from the Grizzlies in a sign-and-trade for two future second-round draft picks and the draft rights to Satnam Singh.