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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and the Perpetual Joke NBA Free Agency Has Become

Discussion in 'NBA Basketball Forum' started by HurricaneDij39, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. HurricaneDij39

    HurricaneDij39 Unpopular Basketball Opinions Poster

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    There was once a time in NBA history when free agency was strictly about the business of contract details and with whatever team the said player wished to spend his career with. Then, in 2010 - LeBron James happened, and this whole spectacle that is NBA free agency had become much more than that as a result. It has become more about big brands, big egos, big markets, and player collusion. Because of LeBron James.

    When LeBron left Cleveland for the first time to form a superteam in Miami, it became acceptable for these self-proclaimed "star" players to throw their teammates, their coaches (looking at you, Kawhi Leonard), and even their ownership under the microscope. Because of LeBron James. It has come to be a regular occurrence in the NBA throughout this decade. Because of LeBron James.

    In the current NBA, there are plenty of teams that are more well-managed than the Lakers. There were several teams more deserving of LeBron's services. But, in the end - The big market and his big business ventures were ultimately the deciding factor in his free agency this time around. At least Art Modell only left Cleveland once, and it is this that is the very reason why we as a culture keep him out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Shame on LeBron James.

    Shame on these self-righteous NBA "stars".

    Now, on to my Kawhi Leonard trade idea...

    San Antonio receives - Kent Bazemore, DeMarre Carroll, and a future 2022 second round draft pick (from Atlanta)

    Atlanta receives - Kawhi Leonard

    Brooklyn receives - Danny Green

    From San Antonio's perspective: The Spurs need to be able to prove the point to Kawhi that beggars can't be choosers by forcing him to spend a year of his prime in a hapless situation in Atlanta - A team that currently is almost blatantly tanking. It is not that Bazemore is a bad player - He did shoot a career-high 39.4 percent from three this past season - It's simply a matter of him not being worth his contract. And who knows, maybe Pop could make a diamond in the rough out of him. Carroll would give San Antonio a designated LeBron defender for the upcoming season.

    From Atlanta's perspective: For the Hawks, this deal would provide a bargaining opportunity. Atlanta would be off the hook for the final two years of Bazemore's contract while surrendering only a second round pick well down the road. While it is highly unlikely that Kawhi Leonard commits to them long-term, they would be given the opportunity to flip him at next February's trade deadline for more assets moving forward.

    From Brooklyn's perspective: Simple salary dump. Green will earn more than $5 million less than DeMarre Carroll in the final year of their respective deals, and would instantly become a buyout candidate upon completion of this proposed deal.

    LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and the Perpetual Joke NBA Free Agency Has Become
     



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  2. DJ

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    LOL.

    Leonard isn't going to the Hawks.....
     
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    I'm pretty sure Cane doesn't think the Spurs will ship to the Hawks either which is why it is stated in bold words: Now, on to my Kawhi Leonard trade idea...

    Notice the word MY is included
     
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    It's July. No one is talking about baseball or even precamp football (both college or NFL) anymore. It's all dominated now by NBA Free Agency. That's no joke. That's a great thing.
     
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    Hell yeah
     
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    Weird how you blame Lebron James and not Dan Gilbert for doing next to nothing to build the Cavs when Lebron was first with the Cavs.

    Kawhi is far from the first disgruntled player that pushed for a trade. That's been happening since at least Wilt Chamerlain.
     
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    All this FA talk and press coverage is EXACTLY what the NBA wants. They want to be a year-round sport without actually playing games. They are working to unseat the NFL in that aspect.

    THey have a ways to go, but on the right track. They can have more strict policies than the NFL but avoid the backlash. The NBA now is starting to get more draft coverage and lead up reporting. They have the Summer league starting up and will get more fans watching. They are dominating headlines in July.

    NBA is loving this stuff.
     
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    This would be the worst trade in the history of the NBA from SA's prospective.

    Danny Green is significantly more valuable than either player the Spurs get back. He is making less money, is only on a 1 year deal, and he is a better basketball player than both.

    Yet, you suggest the Spurs should give away Green and Kawhi freaking Leonard for 1 terrible contract, 1 bad expiring contract and a 2nd round pick just to prove a point?

    The dumbest thing about this is that if the Spurs really did deal Leonard to a team like Atlanta, it almost guarantees He ends up in LA next season.

    Why waste time posting something like this?
     
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    There are some questions that don't even need to be addressed. This is dipshit's M.O.
     
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    Exactly. A big part of the reason that the NFL is so huge is because it has become almost a year round sport in the sense that there is almost always something to talk about/pay attention to all year long.

    The NBA is moving in that direction as well. That's a good thing for the league.
     
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    If only there were some way to stop going or watching these games......
     
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    Dumbest trade idea ever.
     
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  13. Wamu

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    hurricane must have been pretty damn high when he made this thread.
     
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    Nah. Just an emotional basketcase who doesn't understand how things work.

    Imagine if this dude actually ran an NBA team. They would be so bad.
     
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    This trade is so short-sighted it's ridiculous. You've outdone yourself again.

    If you really wanted to spite Kawhi, you trade his ass to China for Jimmer Fredette. Step your spite game up son.
     
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    I think it's the opposite where he's not high enough to balance out his thoughts. Needs to smoke more weed, imo.
     
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  17. HurricaneDij39

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    It wasn't really a serious idea, just something I threw out there just so people can stop talking about Kawhi.

    My point to you is, though - The Spurs need to stop living in the past with Danny Green. Seriously, what is so great about him at this stage??? Wrong side of age 30, FG percentage in the consistently in the 30's, time to move on.
     
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    Don't think you succeeded
     
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    Throw out a trade idea about Kawhi so we'll stop talking about.....well, Kawhi. Makes sense.
     
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  20. HurricaneDij39

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    Never said Kawhi was the first guy to do it. In fact, I can compile a list of self-proclaimed stars that held their respective teams hostage in this decade alone due to their impending free agency...
    • Carmelo Anthony
    • Dwight Howard
    • Kevin Love (in Minnesota)
    • Paul George
    • and now Kawhi Leonard...
    Players today live for free agency, and it's sad.