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Danny Green thought Knicks would show more interest in him

Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs is

Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs is being chased by Joe Johnson of the Nets after stealing the ball during the first half of a game at Barclays Center on Feb. 10, 2013. Photo Credit: Errol Anderson

Danny Green was surprised the Knicks didn't show much interest in him in free agency, but the North Babylon native said he made the right decision re-signing with the Spurs.

Green wasted no time in making his decision, agreeing to return to San Antonio on the first day of free agency. He got a four-year, $45-million deal. "I was leaning toward more them than anyone else," he said. "New York reached out. They weren't as interested as I thought they would be. But they had other people they were targeting."

The Knicks wanted big men primarily, but they also needed a shooter who could defend like Green. They ended up inking Arron Afflalo for two years and $16 million.

Green was asked if the Knicks would have made his decision tougher if they had showed more interest."I don't know," he said. "It depends on what kind of interest you're talking about."

The Spurs had a great offseason, re-signing Kawhi Leonard and signing LaMarcus Aldridge and David West.

Why did Green re-sign so quickly? "I thought we had a strong case for getting some good guys, and we did," Green said. "It worked for the best for me, and I made a smart decision."

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn't watch the Mets' World Series loss and was unaware of anything that happened. "If it's nighttime, it's dinnertime -- dinner and wine," he said. "No baseball, no football. Sports are boring. I'm serious. You think I'm being funny. Why would I want to watch a baseball game when I could go to dinner and relax with friends and enjoy it?"

Popovich was asked what he thought of the Knicks' moves in free agency and cut off the question. "I can stop you right now," he said. "I don't evaluate Phil Jackson."


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