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Danny Green on Kawhi Leonard's impending free agency: 'The city of Toronto will be hard to turn down'

On the latest episode of his podcast, Danny Green gave an update of his Toronto Raptors teammate Kawhi Leonard.

Following a career-year with the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard missed all but nine games in 2017-18 with a quadriceps injury. Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a press conference earlier this offseason that the franchise would've had "no chance" of acquiring the two-time All-Star without all of this "medical drama."

"This is why we have a chance and this is the risk that we are taking," Ujiri said at the time. "We've looked at some of the medical as soon as the deal was done, and the rest will pend on the physical that will be done shortly."

Leonard has since passed his physical with the team. He was then expected to attend Team USA's Basketball minicamp at the end of July, but Leonard decided to use the time to prepare for his transition to the Raptors.

Other than a photo of him working out with LeBron James and Kevin Durant, it's been relatively quiet on the Leonard front over the last six weeks. According to Green, who worked out with Leonard in San Diego a few weeks ago, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year is putting in work in preparation for the 2018-19 season and is "antsy" to play again.

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The Raptors will hold a press conference to introduce both Leonard and Green on Friday, Sept. 21, per TSN's Josh Lewenberg.

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On his workouts with Kawhi

"I got a chance to be out [in San Diego] with some of the Toronto staff and work out with Kawhi - get a little feel for him, where he's at, some of the stuff that he's been doing. There's some really good stuff. I'm looking forward to some big things from him this season. I'm sure he's been itching to get on the court. All he's been doing is pretty much working out for the last two years. It's kinda crazy."

On how Kawhi looks

"His body looks good. He said his body feels good. I'm looking forward to seeing how he comes out this year. Everybody is, I'm sure. But I think he's antsy. As I said, he's been working out for two years. He played a little bit of 1-on-1s here and there, just to get in shape and get some contact in because he hasn't played 5-on-5 much ... so we got some good workouts in and he gave me some good feedback."

On Kawhi's future in Toronto

"I don't know where his mind is at for the future. I can't predict or tell you. I can just tell you that the city of Toronto will be hard to turn down after being there - I've been going every summer for the last 10-plus years. It's a great city and the fans are amazing."

"It's going to be tough for him to turn down," Green continued. "Right now, I think he's excited just to play. It'll be interesting to see."

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