San Antonio Spurs

Oh yes, I’m going here. The San Antonio Spurs have devolved into an afterthought amid the Kawhi Leonard saga. They’re going to trade him and begin some sort of rebuild. Talking about their championship chances is a complete waste of time. Their window has clearly closed.

Except, what if it’s still open?nfl nike jersey cheap

Leonard remains with the Spurs, in case you haven’t noticed. It doesn’t appear that he and San Antonio have kissed and made up, but he hasn’t purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, Philadelphia or Boston either.

A relatively inconsistent market is starting to favor the Spurs. The Raptors are now the betting favorite to land Leonard, according to OddsShark. The optics will change. All they’ve done is shift since the end of the season.cheap nike nfl jersey  And the longer this drags out, the more likely Leonard is to begin the season with San Antonio. nike nfl jerseys cheap china

That doesn’t mean the Spurs won’t pull the trigger closer to the trade deadline. They could. But they’ve offered Leonard the five-year, $221.3 million designated veteran extension he’s eligible to sign, per Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Turning down that money, assuming it’s there, will be tough—especially if an outside admirer isn’t pressured into acquiescing to San Antonio’s asking price.

Which team is going to do that? The Celtics, Lakers and Sixers can defend all-in offers, but none of them are in panic mode. Boston is set up to run the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles has LeBron James under lock and key. cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale Philly won 52 games last season with a core that has yet to enter its prime. The urgency isn’t there.

Keeping Leonard feels like a distinct possibility for the Spurs—more than it did a month or so ago anyway. Work things out, and they’re sitting pretty. They won 47 games without him, and the Rockets’ offseason may have weakened their hold on the non-Warriors crowd. cheap nfl nike jersey

Losing Kyle Anderson to the Memphis Grizzlies stings. He profiled as the Spurs’ second-most valuable player last year, according to NBA Math’s total points added. But they’ll hardly notice his absence with Leonard in tow. And letting Tony Parker bolt for the Charlotte Hornets is an understated victory. It opens up more playing time for summer-league standouts Lonnie Walker IV and Derrick White.

Feel free to dismiss the Spurs at my expense. This will look pretty bad if they unload Leonard. But the budding, if still slightly strained, prospect of his return permits their inclusion. They belong here precisely because they’re not supposed to be.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

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