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Old 07-02-18, 01:24 PM
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Stephen A. Smith says Kawhi could sit out 2018-19 season

Stephen A. Smith says Kawhi could sit out 2018-19 season

The hits just keep on coming.

With LeBron James reportedly committing to a 4-year/$154M dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Paul George vowing to stay in Oklahoma City, the super team many expected to include Kawhi Leonard still needs some work. Exile there are dominoes yet to fall now that James signed a long-term contract, they arenít the leagueís biggest.

Immediately, you have to wonder whether James will flex his muscle and push Magic Johnson to bring Kawhi Leonard on board. Trade talks between the Spurs and Lakers reportedly stalled repeatedly in the past few days. As it stands, as long as L.A. watches their salary cap situation, Leonard could simply join next summer when he can opt out of his contract. If the Lakers are willing to wait a season for Leonardís services, the Spursí leverage to get something back for Kawhi this summer is practically nil.

But wait, thereís more bad news in the form of yet another rumor. San Antonio may not even be able to expect one last productive season from Kawhi if they run their current roster onto the court. Should the Spurs refuse to make a trade unless they get a good return for the Klaw ... Stephen A. Smith reported that Leonard is prepared to sit next season out:


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Stephen A Smith just reported league executives are telling him don't be shocked if Kawhi Leonard sits out NEXT season as well to get to LA - wowowowow.


With continued speculation possible about what Leonard wants due to the absence of any actual attributable quotes from him or his group outlining his intentions, this may be just one more rumor in the ongoing saga thatís become the Spurs strangest offseason ever. But then again, most Spurs fans also blew off Jalen Rose in January when he said that Kawhi wanted out, so itís not like ignoring rumors has worked out too well for us thus far.

Link to article: https://www.poundingtherock.com/2018...2018-19-season
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Old 07-02-18, 01:33 PM
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Damn, thats a big FU to the Spurs if it happens.
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Old 07-02-18, 03:54 PM
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I read that if he did sit out next year then he will not have completed his signed contract and doing that would add another year. Hopefully that is a true statement. But hey, LA now has queen james....let's send them kawhi "Drama Queen" Leonard to complete the set!!!!!!!
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Old 07-02-18, 04:49 PM
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But if we do trade Leonard to LAL, we need to bleed the Lakers of some of their prime assets before we say goodbye to #2. A big smile, Kawhi, for the LA paparazzi who'll be hounding you day and night, off season and in season.
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"As hard as it is to not react and have a visceral response of "GET GONE!", at the end of the day he's still a Spur. The quickest way to help him understand he can not make demands is to NOT succumb to his wishes. If he refuses to play it will only make matters worse for his value(at least in the west heh heh) and his touted desired brand. Regardless of the outcome we will still dredge forward. Time to focus on those who show they want to play and stop reinforcing divisive vitriol coming from the media.We have more class than that.
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Old 07-04-18, 08:25 AM
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Ive been thinking this was a possibility from the beginning. It would only make sense from 2 perspectives... 1. He would not have to deal with his teammates again. 2. He is still injured and doesnt feel like he will make it back to form and wants to sign somewhere without them finding out.

Here is the problem. That would be 2 years of lost career stats, 2 years of his prime out the window. Teams would have no footage to base his salary on because its been so long since he last played. His contract, endorsements and legacy would all take a major hit. Also, he would have been irrelevant for 2 years, things happen fast in the NBA, teams might not be as interested in a guy who has been out of the NBA, by choice, for 2 years.

If does sit out, i bet we trade him at the deadline.

I still think we end up doing a deal for ingram and a couple of draft picks.
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Old 07-04-18, 10:49 AM
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Here's the sad thing about this scenario --- eventhough sitting out another year may damage his career stats or diminish his value, there are really only two entities in play when Leonard hits free agency, the Lakers and Leonard and they both want each other. Sad but true. If we were going to trade him in the end, we should have done it just before 1 July when his trade value was up instead of trying to lock horns with the opposition and gain leverage. I think we're going to lose him for a handful of beans.
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Old 07-05-18, 12:02 AM
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Do we know what was offered before July 1st? From most of what I have seen was they were not offering much. While I agree that his value was the highest then if it was not a good offer then it was not good.
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If all this hoopla is coming from Kawhi I don't think he cares about his image and value, he just wants to go back to LA.
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Old 07-06-18, 12:38 PM
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I read that if he did sit out next year then he will not have completed his signed contract and doing that would add another year. Hopefully that is a true statement. But hey, LA now has queen james....let's send them kawhi "Drama Queen" Leonard to complete the set!!!!!!!

The Spurs have a couple of things that protect them in the CBA. 1. If Kawhi misses more than 30 days of the season for a non-injury reason then he does during the final year of his contract then he does not achieve free agent status and could not sign with another team without the permission of the Spurs. 2. If he says he is injured again the Spurs can request an independent Medical Examiner diagnose Kawhi. If he determines that he is fit tot play then if Kawhi misses more than 30 days of the season because of that injury then once again he does not achieve free agent status and cannot sign with another team without the Spurs permission.

Bottom line is Kawhi will not sit out unless his people are completely out-of-touch (which could be) he will not be sitting out.
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