NBA Moves Before the Season Starts
The NBA season officially starts tomorrow and teams were getting last minute tasks done. See what went down hours before the NBA season kicked off.
Well this trade came out of left field and if you haven't already heard San Antonio traded away superstar wing Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, along with Danny Green, to Toronto for DeMar Derozan, Jakob Poetl, and a top 20 protected first round pick. There are some clear winners and losers, but let's go over everything.
Superstars have been trading for pennies on the dollar recently, but the Spurs still managed to get some very good value in return for the injured goods of Kawhi Leonard. In DeMar, the Spurs are getting an All Star caliber shooting guard who can score at will. The additions of Jakob Poetl, an up and coming center, along with a first round pick is an outstanding return for Kawhi. The Spurs didn't necessarily improve to championship contenders through this trade, but they certainly did not get any worse. It's clear the Spurs are thinking about right now and the future.
An All Star shooting guard who can score at will now gets to play in a much more team orientated offense for once of the best coaches in the league. Just imagine the weapon he's going to become under Popovich and with a much better offensive cast around him.
Let us assume Kawhi returns healthy to play with the Raptors, he's going to be part of a VERY deep Raptors team in a wide open Eastern Conference. Take a look at their roster after this move:
PG: Kyle Lowry/Fred VanVleet/Lorenzo Brown
SG: Danny Green/Delon Wright/Norman Powell
SF: Kawhi Leonard/C.J. Miles/Malachi Richardson
PF: Serge Ibaka/OG Anunoby
C: Jonas Valanciunas/Pascal Siakam
Best case scenario, this team makes a deep run in a Lebron James-less East; worst case this team crumbles and they start a full rebuild.
So much for Kawhi Leonard teaming up with Lebron James this year. Remember how Paul George was also dead set on LA and then ended up resigning with OKC? The same thing could happen here and while landing Lebron James is a great prize, Magic and his Lakers wanted and needed two stars.
RIP a once beautiful bromance….
So much for a godfather offer for a top 5 players, when healthy, in the NBA. The market obviously cooled tremendously for Kawhi as the Lakers, 76ers, and Boston didn't want to make an immediate move for him. While the return the Spurs got for Kawhi is better than what the market has yielded in the past, it's still very short of what Kawhi is actual worth.