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Sports Illustrated proposes worst Kyrie-Kawhi trade you're ever going to see anywhere, ever

John Tomase
June 18, 2018 - 11:35 pm

If you'd like Danny Ainge to decimate the Celtics in the pursuit of Kawhi Leonard, man, does Sports Illustrated have the trade for you.

Writing under the headline, "Kawhi-to-Boston and more NBA Draft day trades that should happen," SI hits us with the following doozy, which was noted by an incredulous Adam Kaufman on Twitter.

Spurs receive: Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes, 2019 First Round Pick
Celtics receive: Kawhi Leonard, Derrick White, Pau Gasol

So let's get this straight. The Celtics trade their All-Star point guard, up-and-coming two-way wing player, and two solid veterans (one of whom, Baynes, is technically a free agent, but whatever) AS WELL AS next year's Kings pick, which could end up No. 2 overall, for a bonafide All-Star who nonetheless just quit on one of the most respected franchises in basketball, a 23-year-old G-Leaguer, and a 17-year veteran who turns 38 next month. And this makes sense how?

SI gives more thought to the San Antonio side of the equation than the Boston one, noting that the Spurs would be able to rebuild on the fly with both Irving and a potential high pick. What do the Celtics get out of this? The chance to convince Leonard not to fly the coop and leave them with nothing for all of that expended capital.

"The risk is Leonard leaving after one season," SI wrote. "It could still be worth the gamble for a Finals run."

Would it, though? An argument can be made that pulling the trigger would make the Celtics worse in the short- and long-term, and that doesn't sound like Ainge's M.O.

We're going to have to give this pretend trade an F for "fanciful," but really for, "effing terrible."

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