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Clearly, somebody wanted him, or he wouldn't have ended up here. Whether it was Popovich, Duncan, Parker or somebody else, this was not out of the blue.
He has a place on the Spurs just like he did back in '03 when they won the title. He can shoot, score and defend, and if they can keep him under control, this will be an outstanding transaction.
Then again, when have the Spurs ever made a bad one? If there is one front office and general manager in this league that I would put my full trust in, it is the Spurs and R.C. Buford. They have rarely made a trade that worked out poorly.
Even the most recent Hill for Leonard swap drew criticism, but Leonard has given critics many reasons to rethink their opinion since he arrived in San Antonio.
They build in the draft as well, receiving loads of talent despite late picks.
If this is a move they saw fit, then I'll support it, too.
And so should all of the Spurs fans. Maybe he left his "thug life" behind, or maybe not. Either way, he has talent and could be the missing piece to winning the franchise's fifth title.