Due to Leonard waiting for quite a while after the start of free agency to make his decision, there was some concern about who the Lakers would target if they missed out on him. I checked in with [Leonard] all the time.
"We had no influence into what his final decision was going to be". And at that point you just don't look back. If he is going to come back from it, now is the time. I didn't see him coming this route [to the Lakers]. "I think I do a lot of things that a lot of players can't do as far as playing a complete game", he said.
Just look at how good JaVale McGee played previous year and look how good LeBron made Ivica Zubac look - so good to the point that the Clippers paid him $28 million this summer despite hardly playing him in the playoffs.
"I think all of it was a shock to me", Green said. "I learned the hard way". I think we took a lot of what happened previous year into account in kind of shaping this roster and shaping our goals for the season. So we have to learn from last season, because we didn't win a championship. "I want a full season of health and going to the playoffs, and whatever happens, happens". The NBA, though, would not allow Johnson to be a part of any official free-agent meetings. And Green then became the Lakers' top target. And Green - knowing there could be a pretty payday waiting for him in L.A. if Leonard didn't form a superteam alongside James and Davis - had no choice but to stand in line until Leonard punched his free-agency ticket first. As a result, the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be a very fun team to watch. And we've just appreciated the support he's shown from the outside.
For the second-straight offseason, Boogie has signed a one-year deal to prove himself after his only season with the Warriors was marred by inconsistent play and yet another injury as he went down in the 11st round and wouldn't return into the NBA Finals. We enjoyed our time together as teammates. "That's been my focus, has just been in the work, really not responding to the critics".