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Danny Green: Team thought Kawhi Leonard was 'on board', feels there's a chance at repair

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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) stands on the court during the second half of Game 4 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis won 110-108. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

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All eyes are on the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard's future with the team.

Will he be traded? Can there be a shot at repair? Will he be a Spur next season?

As of today, there's still no movement as far as a trade with only rumors running rampant of teams in the mix at trying to trade for the reported disgruntled Spurs forward.

Spurs' Danny Green touched on the topic recently with CBS 4 Local and revealed how the team thought Kawhi was "on board" and was simply taking care of his health, rehabbing his injured quad.

“During the season, we didn’t know that. He didn’t express that to us so we thought he was on board, he was rehabbing and trying to get back and be a part of the team."
“I could see if it was to prolong and go throughout the season it could be distraction but it’s something I’d have to tell you as it came along, I couldn’t tell you how to handle it or how it would be to if we’re in the locker room with a guy that didn’t want to be there. I’ve never had that experience."

Green had been vocal about the issue with Kawhi, claiming Leonard wants to remain a Spur during a guest spot on ESPN's "Get Up!" morning show.

I think he wants to be in San Antonio. He's let me know that. He's let me know verbally he wants to be there.

However, things may have changed since that interview as reports have surfaced of Leonard's camp hiding him from Spurs brass in New York City and how he is now reportedly wanting to leave for Los Angeles.

Despite this reported rift between the Spurs and Leonard, Green feels there's still a chance at repair where Kawhi remains a Spur and looks to the situation with LaMarcus Aldridge as an example.

“There’s been guys that have wanted to be traded before, LaMarcus wanted to get traded at one point, some other guys were talking about getting traded but Pop and RC do a great job of changing their mind and building and changing the system to where they feel comfortable and want to be here and want to buy in and want to win.
“I think we still have an opportunity to do so with Kawhi.”


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