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A Knicks Fan’s Reaction to the Kawhi Leonard News

Jonathan Macri reacts to the Kawhi Leonard news on Friday—with the added wrinkle of New York being a possible destination.

You knew something was coming. It had been almost a full week since the NBA Finals ended and the closest thing we’d gotten to a bomb (Woj or Sham variety) was that Michael Porter Jr. canceled a workout.

Yawn.

If you need me, I’ll be over here folding the laundry.

And then, out of nowhere, it hit.

Wants out? Is this even news? Have you ever been to San Antonio? I have. It’s a sea of meat, cheese, and full-figured gals that will make you cry out for a Chop’t by the middle of your second afternoon in the Texas heat.

Wait a second, you know what has lots and lots of sweet-ass salad shops? New York!

No sooner did the wheels start churning, then we got the inevitable, slightly more detailed follow up:

Uncomfortable? This sounds serious. Never before did I think the Spurs would be compared to a pair of underwear that had been worn between 12 and 36 hours too long. Again, synapses started firing:

Did he already demand a trade? We know his people want him to be in a bigger market. New York is a bigger market. Did he already demand a trade to New York? What would we offer? Do we have to offer anything good? If he wants to come here anyway, what would be the point of offering anything good? We did that once and how the hell did that work out? But Kawhi on his worst day is better than ‘Melo on his best, right? Does Frank Ntilikina even like meat and cheese?

Stop it. That’s crazy talk. You know the conversations would start with Frank and the ninth pick, and that’s simply a non-starter for a franchise in our position. KP, Kawhi, and Timmy and no cap room and no draft pick and …

Wait a minute didn’t I read somewhere that Kyrie Irving wanted to come to New York too? That desire would only increase if the best two-way player in the world was wearing our jersey, wouldn’t it? It would take some salary cap maneuvering, but with Leonard here and Porzingis healthy, Irving’s desire to come would only increase …

How dare you? You’ve adopted Frank as your own son! Now one disgruntled star who hasn’t even played basketball in a year is going to make you give him up for adoption? What kind of a parent are you?!?! 

All of the emotions were getting the best of me, maybe I needed to chillax. And besides, what are the odds Leonard would want New York to be his exclusive destination anyway?

Oh God, phone’s buzzing again. …

Well, that’s not saying much more than we already knew, right? Even if Kawhi’s people were putting pressure on the Spurs by saying that they would inform other prospective trade partners of Leonard’s desire for New York, San Antonio is not going to ship off Leonard for peanuts. This isn’t the Chris Paul situation, who could have just opted out and left for nothing. Or is it? Shams was already reporting that Leonard was “prepared to move on immediately.” Maybe he held more of the cards than we thought? If he really wanted to play for the Knicks, and only the Knicks, and let everyone and their mother know it, could we get away with an offer of Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, and unprotected 2019 and 2021 first rounders? Would that even be wise? If he wants to come here so badly, couldn’t he just wait a year and sign outrightly? But lots can change in 12 months, plus—

Wait, hold that thought. …

Well, that’s a bit of a downer. Oh, wait, there’s more. …

He’s expressed nothing directly? Does that mean his camp went to Charania and basically said Kawhi wants out of San Antonio ASAP, but hasn’t given the Spurs so much as a list of preferred destinations yet? What kind of amateur hour is this?

Then I remembered the Ramona Shelburne story about Kawhi’s kooky uncle who was pulling the strings. Things started to make a little more sense. Could this benefit New York? Doubtful—this doesn’t seem to be a camp that has thought this thing through very much. If New York isn’t any more or less of a preference than either of the Los Angeles teams, both the Lakers (Brandon Ingram and the 25th pick) and the Clippers (Tobias Harris and the 12th and/or 13th pick) would be poised to make offers that would not only make way more sense for their respective franchises, but would likely beat what the Knicks could put on the table as well.

Just to put the final nail in the coffin of any dreams featuring Leonard in the blue and orange:

Well, that pretty much settles that. From the Knicks perspective, this will go down as just another fun Friday afternoon. Good luck to Kawhi, wherever he may end up. Hopefully, he finds what he’s looking for, and that it can be consumed without two pieces of bread and a healthy dose of mayo.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go send flowers and chocolates to my adopted son.

This is not how I envisioned my first Father’s Day panning out.

2 Comments

  • go2themike

    June 16, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I agree it would be nice to welcome Kawhi now to the Knicks but they are not in the position that it makes sense. The plan outlined by Perry/Mills will allow and targets the 2019 FA class to add acquire players to join with KP, Frank and draft picks from 2018 & 2019 drafts. Both Kawhi & Kyrie are in that class.

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