Green said Monday that he's feeling "pretty healthy" with training camp set to begin, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. Green arrived in Toronto as part of the Kawhi Leonard/DeMar DeRozan deal and is expected to be a key piece in the Raptors' rotation as a three-and-D guard. The veteran quietly battled a tear in his groin last season, but he indicated at Monday's media day that he doesn't expect it to be an issue going forward. The 31-year-old, who received a PRP injection in the groin back in early June, averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Spurs last season. He hit 1.7 three-pointers per game at a 36.3 percent clip but shot less than 40 percent from the field overall for the third straight season.
Green (groin) and Kawhi Leonard were traded to the Raptors on Wednesday in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Raptors didn't have to give up OG Anunoby, or even an unprotected pick, but acquiring Leonard will mean taking on Green and his $10 million salary for next season. Green played in 70 games last season and shot better than 36.3 percent from three, but that's still a handful of percentage points lower than his peak seasons. Green will likely come off the bench in Toronto, but with DeRozan now out of the picture, there will certainly be minutes available at shooting guard.
Green will accept his $10 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Green just turned 31 years old and is coming off another down year shooting the ball from distance, which may be driving his decision to accept his player option rather than test the open market. From the 2011-12 season through the 2014-15 season, he made 42.3 percent of his shots from three. Over the past three campaigns, that number has dropped drastically to 35.7 percent.
Green received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left groin earlier in the offseason and is continuing to rehab, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Green said that he has resumed some strengthening exercises but has yet to resume court work since the Spurs were eliminated by the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs back in late April. The 30-year-old shooting guard, who averaged 8.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.6 assists in 25.6 minutes per game over 70 regular-season contests, noted that he has yet to decide whether he'll exercise his $10 million player option for 2018-19 or hit unrestricted free agency July 1. He'll likely meet with the team brass at some point in June and take into account the Spurs' draft selections later in the month before making a decision.
Green totaled nine points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four rebounds and one block across 20 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Green bounced back from a scoreless effort over 25 minutes in Game 2 with a series-high point total. The 30-year-old doubled his previous high-water marks of five shot attempts and two rebounds as well, but he still serves as a fourth scoring option at best behind LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Patty Mills. Consequently, he projects exclusively as a deep DFS tournament play for Sunday's Game 4.
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