KrazyP wrote:Rust_Cohle wrote:Bizarre how people are laughing at Kawhi when Siakim was terrible and cost the raptors the series far worse than Kawhi did the clippers in theirs
Its not bizarre.
The Raps lost Kawhi for NOTHING and still took a strong Celtics team to 7 games
Raps + Kawhi = championship favourites.
Kawhi + George Clippers = PRETENDERS
Plus the Raptors would have had a whole bunch of picks and had some young assets as well, as well as some veterans for cap ballast, and with patience could have made much better "over the top again" trades then the George/Westbrook fiasco.
Kawhi could have told Masai, "I will sign here, but can you promise that you will look to continue to upgrade our team and move some future picks". Ujiri would have had no problem with that -- in fact I am sure he would have done the same in the hunt for title #2.
If he had signed here in July 2019, the team was not limited at all in terms of what they would have on the floor for the 2020 championship run.
The key fault for Kawhi was trust in his team's management -- it hurt the Clippers.