After Kawhi Leonard chose to forego the Los Angeles Lakers for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers were left in a scramble needing to add pieces with the cap space that was being reserved for Leonard. "But I knew he wanted to be closer to home". He returned nearly exactly a year later and played 30 games for the Golden State Warriors in the 2018-2019 season, only to suffer a quad injury in the playoffs that forced him to miss another six weeks.
After weeks of wondering what the 27-year-old Los Angeles native's decision would be as a free agent, Raptors fans were disappointed to learn last weekend he would be joining the L.A. Clippers, after leading their team to its first championship title.
Green, who played alongside James in Cleveland during his rookie season in 2009-10 and later battled him in back-to-back NBA Finals when James played for the Miami Heat, is happy to be back on the four-time MVP's side.
The dynamic of LeBron, Davis and Cousins has the potential to create something new the league has never seen, to create an offense that is unparalleled, similar to the Golden State Warriors during their dynasty. And even if it did happen, I don't think they had room for me there [in Toronto].More news: Fertility clinic sued for embryo mix-ups
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"I think it'll be a lot of fun", he said. I'm excited about it.
The two big men thrived alongside each other.
If you thought that was enough to get Green some inside information on Leonard's decision, you would be wrong.
Though he feels fortunate to have landed on the Lakers, Green says that Leonard and George felt they pulled a fast one, too. "Nobody knew about it".
"Me and AD have talked numerous times about teammates again", Cousins told reporters. "I had no idea where he was going".