Dennis 37 wrote:Kawhi simply wanted to go home, and there were other issues there between he and his teammates. Kawhi is on a whole other layer of talent. He can take a depleted team places. He can get other stars to demand trades to join him. Does Giannis have that same draw?
What kind of measuring stick is this?
Kahwi got one player to join him -- Russell Westbrook (not even a superstar anymore) got the same guy to force a trade to join him.
Similarly, is Klay Thompson a superstar because he clicked with KD at the Hamptons meeting?
Giannis is about to become a back-to-back MVP and DPOY in the same season.
Is he a shooter like Kawhi? No.
But of course he's on the same level of superstardom as Leonard, Lebron, KD, etc...
Dennis 37 wrote: I'm not saying that Giannis doesn't control his destiny
Still not sure how this:
Dennis 37 wrote:Bucks will decide if he will be traded
... can be misconstrued to mean Giannis controls his destiny...
Dennis 37 wrote: If Kawhi was a free agent a year earlier, at the end of his time on the Spurs, he wouldn't have asked for a trade, he would simply have waited until the season ended and went there as a free agent as he did at the end of his time in Toronto. Did he ask for a trade while he was in Toronto?
There is no evidence of this and it doesn't happen.
-Kristaps forced a trade to Dallas with 5 mos until his RFA/QU date.
-Butler forced the trade to Philly with <1 year left on his deal.
-Love forced the trade to Cleveland with <1 year left on his deal.
-Howard forced his trade to LA with <1 year left on his deal.
-Carmelo Anthony was literally 6 mos from UFA when he forced a trade, depleting his teams resources and signing the $64M extension.
The only guys who waited for UFA already successfully demanded trades to winning teams in the hunt (Leonard + Irving).
This is a weird hill to die on.
Clearly, Giannis is in control of what happens.
This is the landscape for stars in today's NBA.