If you are a big fan of the NBA, then you are already familiar with what has been taking place for the past 24 hours. The San Antonio Spurs have been attempting to work out a trade for All-Star player Kawhi Leonard, who missed a large part of this past season due to injury. We could focus on all of the ins and outs of the Kawhi saga, but this is a UNC site, and so we really only need to focus on one particular part: a Tar Heel got roped into the situation.
Spurs have agree to trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Trade call with league office is starting shortly.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted this morning that Kawhi Leonard, as well as former UNC player Danny Green, will be traded to the Toronto Raptors. In return, the San Antonio Spurs will receive Demar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick.
Danny Green had been with the San Antonio Spurs since 2010. During that time, he helped the Spurs win the NBA Championship during the 2014 season. Green averaged 8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists this past season, and shot at a .387% clip from the field. He has been an important defensive piece for Gregg Popovich, but Green will be sent to an organization that has been doing numerous puzzling things this offseason. Following this past season the Raptors decided to part ways with not-yet-crowned NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey. Nick Nurse took over the role, who had been the assistant coach for Toronto since 2013.
It should be very interesting to see how things work out for Green in Toronto, as Popovich’s coaching philosophy is quite different from many coaches in the league. Hopefully Green will be able to fill a role up there and continue what has been a solid NBA career.