The new Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green has developed a close relationship with Kawhi Leonard over the years as teammates, so there aren't many more suitable people to take a look at the decision that changes the landscape superstar.
Although there were noises of Leonard's interest in signing with the Lakers, Green believes that the twice-final MVP wanted to cut his way with the Los Angeles Clippers rather than share the spotlight with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
"I think this was a shock to me," Green said on a conference call on Thursday, second Dave McMenamin of ESPN. "Except not so shocking that Kawhi goes to LA. The Clippers, however. I haven't seen him arrive on this route (to the Lakers).
"I feel like he wants to go his own way, I think it was between them and go back (to the Toronto Raptors). I think the year he had and what the fans have brought this season and everything has been difficult for he leaves and leaves Toronto, but I knew he wanted to be closer to home. "
Green and Leonard have just emerged from an NBA championship winning with the Raptors, their second as teammates. Both will have the opportunity to repeat while joining the loaded rounds, with Green trying to help James return to the top after failing to reach the playoffs in his first year in LA.
"It wasn't very difficult, man," Green said of his free agency decision. "LeBron and Anthony Davis are here. Obviously, when you're with a winning team and you win, you want to start over if it's possible, but it wouldn't have happened, and even if it had happened, I don't think they had room for me there (in Toronto) , so go to the team that is the best you think is in the league and was here. "
Green has signed a two-year contract for $ 30 million and will probably start shooting at the guards.
Leonard, meanwhile, has the chance to change the Clippers' irrelevance story after leading the Raptors to their first title. Los Angeles has never passed the semifinals of the conference, but is now favored even after acquiring Paul George through trade.