Kawhi Leonard cracks top 300 in #NBArank
What does it say about Kawhi Leonard that the San Antonio Spurs were willing to give up George Hill, both a team and fan favorite, excellent complement to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the guard rotation, and player who bought into the pounding the rock mantra more than anyone? Never mind that Hill was due a significant pay increase after next season, the Spurs don’t get rid of promising young players with corporate knowledge simply for financial reasons.
There were other parts involved in the trade that sent Hill home to Indiana and brought the Spurs their highest draft pick since 1997, but Hill and Leonard will be the two that are remembered. That is, unless Davis Bertans reaches a ceiling higher than Latvian Matt Bonner. You’d have to fight through dense fog to see San Antonio dealing Hill and all his über-Spur traits for someone who isn’t expected to contribute immediately. I’m unconvinced Gregg Popovich would allow RC Buford to pull the trigger, especially when Pop was in the room when the trade was consummated.