That sound you hear is not the one of jaws dropping or the collective gasp of the sheer shrewdness of how the San Antonio Spurs simply duped the Toronto Barneys–nee Raptors–but the universal sound of laughing as the Spurs and Gregg Popovich showed the basketball world why they are one of the league’s best run organizations.
This was a case of the Spurs playing elite Grandmaster wizards chess to the Raptors kindergarten-level checkers. Talk about checkmate, San Antonio flat out committed grand larceny.
Let’s take a step back and analyze this:
SF Kawhi Leonard
SG/SF Danny Green
SG Demar Derozan
C Jakob Poeltl
2019-20 Top 20 protected first-round pick
Okay, while the Raptors landed the former 2014 NBA Finals MVP in Leonard, the fact that they agreed to such a bone-headed move, knowing that Leonard may more than likely bolt for The Left Coast next year stinks worse than bad Chinese food on Yonge Street.
Why in the name is Vince Carter would the Raptors do this? Unless Kawhi suddenly has the urge to learn the words to the Canadian anthem, a sudden appetite for Tim Horton’s, a thing for Canadian Instagram models and loves saying “eh” at the end of every sentence, he is going to pull a LBJ and take his talents elsewhere.
The now 31-year-old, 6’6 Green is no longer the three-point marksman he once was, as his three point percentage has dropped from a career-best 43.6 percent in 2010-11 to 36.3 percent last season in San Antonio, and was merely a throwin to get Kawhi out of Alamo City–and Popovich’s silver hair–but to Toronto?
Not Boston, Los Angeles or even dare I say Cleveland, hell Miami would have been better. But Toronto completely destroyed their future in betting on the notion that hey can sell Leonard on T-Dot.
Is he a Drake fan? Does he like hockey, who knows?
One thing is for sure, San Antonio pulled off a heist that would of have made George Clooney’s “Ocean’s 11” crew proud.
And the Spurs couldn’t have picked a more gullible and vulnerable mark than the Raptors, who are now all but extinct.