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Danny Green: Kawhi Leonard has told me ‘he wants to be in San Antonio’

Amid the seemingly continued deterioration of the relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs comes an encouraging statement from Danny Green.

The Spurs guard made an appearance on Friday on ESPN’s “Get Up” when host Michelle Beadle laid it all on the line about the ongoing drama by asking straight-up, “What’s the deal with Kawhi Leonard?”

Green, while admitting any potential resolution of what has been a perplexing, protracted saga remains static, said that his teammate recently expressed a desire to remain with the Spurs.

“It’s up in the air right now,” Green said. “But I think he wants to be in San Antonio, he’s let me know that, he let me know verbally he wanted to be there, so we’ll see what happens.”

The Spurs have some leverage in that the team can offer Leonard a five-year supermax contract worth $219 million in the offseason. That said, there has been a serious disconnect between the Spurs and Leonard for nearly the entire season.

Leonard, a two-time first-team All-NBA player (2016, 2017) and NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016), was limited to only nine games this season due to a nagging quadriceps tendinopathy condition.

Numerous reports throughout the season indicated Leonard was set to rejoin the Spurs only to have his return thwarted, either by the team or because the superstar reportedly still needed clearance from his own doctors and medical advisers. The uncertainty of it all led to some reportedly tense moments within the Spurs’ locker room as well, although Spurs players denied that was the case.

Things have not appeared to have improved much once the Spurs were eliminated from the postseason, either.

While it’s been mostly doom-and-gloom for quite some time on the Leonard front in San Antonio, perhaps Green’s comments Friday can provide at least some glimmer of hope that all is not lost.