I saw an interesting tweet by a journalist whose work I admire.
FYI: The Spurs were able to retain all their assets from the Kawhi trade this off-season in re-signing Jakob and with DeMar accepting his player option. I say it's a good haul considering Danny is on his 3rd team in three seasons and Kawhi is killing a locker room culture in LA— Ty Jäger (@TheTyJager) December 6, 2020
Spurs Zone writer Ty Jager made the argument that the Spurs “won” in the Kawhi Leonard/Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan/Jakob Poeltl/(draft pick that became) Keldon Johnson trade with the Toronto Raptors because (a) Jakob signed on for three more years, (b) DeRozan accepted his player option, (c) Danny Green is now on his third team since leaving San Antonio, and (d) Kawhi Leonard is the Clippers locker room virus.
I would add (e) Keldon Johnson is awesome.
Jager also accepts that Toronto’s championship clearly gives them the advantage on the trade, but the Spurs have gotten more in the long term.
I know Raptors still won the ring and will always win that trade, but the Spurs still won the trade in terms of what they were hoping to get back which was a new veteran leader in DeMar, a solid and effective young bigman in Jakob, and a draft pick that became Keldon Johnson— Ty Jäger (@TheTyJager) December 6, 2020
Now that DeMar has expressed an interest in staying, Jakob has inked a three-year deal, and there is still a chance to make Keldon a “for-life” Spurs player, has your perception of the 2018 blockbuster trade changed with hindsight being — I have to say it — 20/20?
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