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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    That is interesting. Not that either of these two can stop LeBron, but both of these players have earned his respect by at least making him think and give effort against him. Not sure how Lance fits in with LeBron. Besides in Indiana, Lance has been a G-League type talent. Javele I think can fit in well.
    Yeah overpaying for Lance doesn’t make sense, but I’m sure Lebron OKd it obviously. I think I posted this a few times but I think Lebron is eyeing 2020 with these moves. He realizes GSW will win again next year before they have to pay Dray and Klay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Yeah overpaying for Lance doesn’t make sense, but I’m sure Lebron OKd it obviously. I think I posted this a few times but I think Lebron is eyeing 2020 with these moves. He realizes GSW will win again next year before they have to pay Dray and Klay.
    Klay would fit in nicely with LeBron....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    If I am a team another contending team I attempt to get Leonard in a trade and roll the dice he doesn't want to leave next off-season.
    Worked for OKC. Problem this time around is the Lakers can offer one of the best packages out of anyone. Celtics and Sixers would potentially make a better offer, but the Lakers aren’t far behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    The Kawhi vs. Spurs battle is the most interesting thing happening in sports. I would call his bluff if that is truly the case. How would that work? Say he doesn't show, does he simply not get paid his $20MM salary? He ain't doing that on top of not playing hoops for two seasons.
    If he’s still too hurt to play he still gets paid doesn’t he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    Klay would fit in nicely with LeBron....
    Not to mention KD could opt out as well. There will be a ton of questions marks for GSW at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    I think he will end up there as well, but there is not a rush on it. The Lakers are saying they are not giving up Kuzma and other assets so you might as well wait until LA struggles out of the gate and then make the move.

    I also am with you on Leonard not needing a lavish lifestyle and enjoys being under the radar, which is why it has shocked me he wants to go to LA and be the LeBron scapegoat. His uncle, by all accounts, is the one now orchestrating Leonard's career.
    Kawhi is close to his family. He wants to go home.

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    Kawhi would not get paid if he sat out and was cleared to play. That would be unprecedented. No way that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    If I am a team another contending team I attempt to get Leonard in a trade and roll the dice he doesn't want to leave next off-season.
    I don’t disagree but no contending team is going to give up good assets while Kawhi is making it clear to teams he would be a one year rental.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Kawhi would not get paid if he sat out and was cleared to play. That would be unprecedented. No way that happens.
    The San Antonio Spurs doctors cleared him to play in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    Klay would fit in nicely with LeBron....
    If Klay takes less than his worth he’ll stay at GS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Not to mention KD could opt out as well. There will be a ton of questions marks for GSW at that time.
    I’ll be almost as excited for the 2019 offseason as I was for this season. Waiting to see what GS will do next year is going to be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    If he’s still too hurt to play he still gets paid doesn’t he?
    I am not sure. At some point the Spurs would cease paying him, I would say. If he argues he is still hurt then it would be in the hands of an arbitrator. Teams are normally supportive with players and their "injuries." But remember, the Spurs are by most accounts the most conservative medical team in sports. They honored his injury claim last year (after he sought multiple opinions before one wouldn't clear him), but eventually you have to play with what was effectively diagnosed as a thigh contusion.

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    Lance can guard Steph or Klay.

    Javale McGee is just there for decoration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    I am not sure. At some point the Spurs would cease paying him, I would say. If he argues he is still hurt then it would be in the hands of an arbitrator. Teams are normally supportive with players and their "injuries." But remember, the Spurs are by most accounts the most conservative medical team in sports. They honored his injury claim last year (after he sought multiple opinions before one wouldn't clear him), but eventually you have to play with what was effectively diagnosed as a thigh contusion.
    I don’t disagree but it seems the precedent has been set if Kawhi’s personal doctors are saying he can’t play while the Spurs doctors say he can. Either way, the ball is in Kawhi’s court and if he is saying, “it’s Lakers or I ain’t playing” then past history leads me to believe him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    I am not sure. At some point the Spurs would cease paying him, I would say. If he argues he is still hurt then it would be in the hands of an arbitrator. Teams are normally supportive with players and their "injuries." But remember, the Spurs are by most accounts the most conservative medical team in sports. They honored his injury claim last year (after he sought multiple opinions before one wouldn't clear him), but eventually you have to play with what was effectively diagnosed as a thigh contusion.
    It’s wild to think that a thigh contusion kept him out all season and I still hate it wasn’t a bigger story than what it was.

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