Kawhi Leonard finally makes his decision, and it is the Los Angeles Clippers, and he brought a friend with him in Paul George. I don’t think anyone saw that coming, definitely not the so called experts. Paul George asked for the trade and OKC agreed and got 4 unprotected first round draft picks for him, a few other picks, Point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Danilo Gallinari. I don’t know about anybody else, but that seems like a lot to give up, even for a guy like Paul George. He is 29 years old, and Kawhi is 28, so they both got a good 4-6 years left of elite basketball in them. However, if they don’t win a championship, it will not have been worth it giving up your future picks and two formidable players, one just being a rookie last year.
The best thing to come out of all of this, is that, there are no more super teams. It looks like there will be an even playing field throughout the league for at least a few years going forward. The NBA won big time when Kawhi finally announced his decision, the NBA next season will be unpredictable. The year after that even more so, with the return of Kevin Durant to the Nets. Even the teams with 1 superstar will have hope for the upcoming seasons, at least the ones that have good role players around them, like Kemba with the Celtics.
The whole Eastern Conference can thank Kawhi as well, if he went to the Lakers for the formidable future the banner would of been raised in the West. Philly, Boston, Milwaukee, Brooklyn all got to be relieved, even if they don’t come out and say it.
One of the teams that obviously took an L in all of this movement, is OKC and Russell Westbrook. Which makes you wonder if any other superstar will even try teaming up with him. Personally, I love watching the man play. He goes hard every game all game, and there is not too many players you can say that about in any sport. It will be interesting to see what comes of him and OKC, will they cut ties, or will he stick around for the long haul like he has been? With the right group of role players, if he stays, even OKC could have a slight chance next year with Russ running the show alone, if he gets his shot back right.
So thank you Kawhi Leonard, thank you for bringing back the competitiveness to the NBA, even if it was irritating awaiting your decision.