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The winners and losers of the Kawhi Leonard trade

by ClutchPoints
by ClutchPoints

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.

Winners

San Antonio Spurs

by ClutchPoints
by ClutchPoints

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.

DeMar Derozan

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.

Toronto Raptors (maybe)

by USA Today
by USA Today

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.

Losers

The Los Angeles Lakers

by NBA.com
by NBA.com

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.

Kyle Lowry

by Sporting News
by Sporting News

RIP a once beautiful bromance….

San Antonio Spurs

by www.express.co.uk
by www.express.co.uk

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.

This article was originally published on @justin9944