How Does Kawhi in Toronto Affect the Bucks?
Overnight, the Woj Bomb of Woj bombs happened as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kawhi Leonard will become a member of the Toronto Raptors. The deal is not yet completely announced but the centerpiece going back to San Antonio is DeMar DeRozan. Kawhi is already saying he does not want to play in Toronto, which, does not shock me, but I feel he’ll end up suiting up for the Raptors by October. This puts Toronto into a different conversation with the contenders in the Eastern Conference. How does it affect Giannis and the Bucks?
The first is obvious that Toronto will be a favorite in the Eastern Conference right behind Boston. Philadelphia and Milwaukee will be in that second mix of teams yet no considered the favorites. This deal moved Toronto up the list of Eastern Conference teams. The pairing of Kyle Lowry and Leonard on the perimeter is pretty hard to beat defensively, and offensively, Leonard poses a problem on the wing. Toronto is trying to take one more legitimate shot at getting to the NBA Finals, and I do not blame them even if it means sacrificing DeRozan.
Kawhi isn’t a good matchup for Giannis or anyone else in the league. He’s the best defender in basketball. Leonard and Antetokounmpo would be a fantastic matchup, but he poses a real problem for Milwaukee. When it was clear that San Antonio didn’t want to deal him to Los Angeles, Bucks fans hoped and prayed it wouldn’t be Philadelphia or Boston. When it’s neither, that’s a huge win. Toronto just became a little better from this versus Philly or Boston reaching another level. That’s a good thing for Milwaukee.
We’ll see if Leonard actually shows up nort of the boarder. My guess he will be there and know to himself that this is one year then it’s off to whether he wants next season.