Morris, Rozier, Brown, Yabusele, 2019 Kings Pick + Another Future 1st. To all the posters above who commented on this trade idea (whoever liked/hated it),
That's probably what we can offer this summer if we wanted Kawhi, and maybe Spurs accept?
But frankly, I think this is more smokescreen. Don't see Kawhi acting this way (acting "selfish") and think Spurs keep him long term still.
I created it with the mindset that salaries needed to match and thinking about the roster that would be left over w/those that departed in the trade and getting Leonard back.
This makes most sense for us, and I'm not a fan of giving up BOTH Tatum + Brown, as well as Kings Pick for Kawhi. Love him, think he's an underrated Top-10 player in this league (when healthy), but now there's a bit of injury risk too, and that's overall a very hefty package (esp. with Kings Pick likely to land Top-5 next year). It probably also allows us to keep Smart with Bird Rights while Rozier is the odd man out in the guard group (via trade).
Now SAS may not like it, and they may get better offers elsewhere, but this idea is the "basis" of what the C's could offer, unless Ainge goes crazy
Tatum + Brown can only go for AD, otherwise don't touch it.Leonard is better than Davis and unlike Davis, Boston would actually be getting a wing back in return.
Yeah I love Kawhi but I disagree. AD is also one of the top defenders in the league and is just 24 y/o. Easily a top-5 talent in this league. I get that Kawhi has the championship pedigree, but he's also had better coaching and better system around him (which isn't a knock at Kawhi, but Davis hasn't had that in his career if we're being frank).
Pelicans finally seemed to have something going with Cousins, Rondo, etc., but Cousins' injury changes a lot now, possibly even for next year.