Originally Posted by PickernRoller
Spurs are in no position to negotiate when their star player refuses to play for them + has an injury question mark tattoed to his forehead.
So, given these COLD HARD FACTS, you'll be glad to take Lonzo, a pick, plus whatever else that's NOT RANDLE, KUZMA, INGRAM.
We got the leverage. Spurs fans are too delusional still about their current reality.
I'm not trying to just pick on your post but its a good example of how Lakers fans think the world revolves around them.
There is no Leverage that LA can exercise. The Spurs aren't in any kind of position at all, because they're not solely negotiating with LA.
LA isn't the one trying to move a coveted asset. The Spurs have all the leverage because they control Kawhi's destination all the way up to the trade deadline next year and despite what some think they'll still have some S&T leverage going into next summer.
SA can move him in a number of difference scenarios. Least of all as pure cap relief and that alone would be better than any fleecing that would include taking Deng or second rate players on a team that couldn't make the playoffs.
If Kawhi's camp has him sitting in order to force a trade they'll sure expect that he'll get a super max as a S&T especially since he'll be paying way more in taxes anywhere outside of Texas.
I really didn't think LA fans were as bad as people made them out to be but after this thread I get it. The whole idea that LA can force SA to take a shitty deal is laughable.