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Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 1:02 am
 
Posted by Matt Moore

Update 12:45 a.m.: Terms of the deal announced also include the rights to Davis Bertans, the 42nd pick, and the rights to a pick from 2005 unlikely to ever head to the NBA, both headed to the Spurs. The Spurs essentially received two draft picks and a foreign prospect for George Hill. Not bad. 

Original report:

CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman reports that the Spurs have acquired the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Kawhi Leonard, for George Hill.

The Spurs had been actively trying to trade into the lottery, and wound up with a lottery-quality pick without even needing it to be in the lottery. Leonard is an athletic three that allows them to move Richard Jefferson for quarters on the dollar, and reload with an athletic forward who can rebound, score, and defend and who is ready to contribute now. He's got polish, ability, and resolve. He was underrated coming into the season, underrated coming into the draft, and fell all the way to the Pacers at 15. 

The Pacers get a legit combo guard to play the two in George Hill. Brandon Rush has not shown that he can play consistently at that spot. Paul George can operate at the small forward position, and provide defense in relief of Danny Granger, who is also rumored to be on the trade block. Hill can handle point guard duties if called on (though with Darren Collison and A.J. Price the Pacers aren't hurting for that) and will get to focus on offense for once after being asked to do supplementary things in San Antonio. 

Once again, the Spurs come out looking shrewd and in command. Leonard's a great pick-up for a great price, but you have to think the Spurs will go guard later in the draft to replace their depth. 


Comments

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

Spurs are on their way out, and Pacers are on their way up.  Spurs are looking to the future, because they will be where the Pacers are now in about 3 years.  This move helps both teams.  



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:51 am
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

Good trade for the Spurs. They needed a physical, athletic combo forward. The have some young guard prospects on the roster who can take Hill's minutes and possibly even improve them. Hill is a good guy and certainly a solid player, but he's not a star and never will be. Leonard has the potential to be a star..."potential", he's not a lock. And yes, the Spurs biggest need remains more size in the paint. Now if Splitter would put on 20 lbs. of muscle and improve his scoring touch...and if Blair would lose 20 lbs., live in the weight room, and also improve his scoring touch...then the Spurs could be much improved in the paint. But those are two pretty big "ifs". 



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

I totally understand the need for a C or PF but just exactly how many of those were available to get? Every year there it seems there are less and less in the draft and many are European transfers often times. I know how bad they got exposed by Randolph and Gasol. It wasn't all that long ago the Spurs were doing that to the other teams. Kawhi Leonard plays longer than he is so I am ok with it. It will be Richard Jefferson's ultimate doom I believe or it will make RJ play harder. The Spurs did get a PF in the deal from what I understand, that is solid. Unless you were in the top 5 quality Centers are hard to get.



Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

I totally agree with "PaPaBeaRJ" I have always enjoyed watching George Hill, in fact he is mainly the reason I watch and keep up with Spurs. Parker is the one that should go!  Pop, don't be surpised if Parker gets booed in the first game next season.  For the money Parker is raking in, he sould have produced better numbers, now that he is making more money, I guess he feels he has it made and does not have to play as hard.  Wake up  Pop and smell the coffee, get rid of your pet.  George Hill should stay in San Antonio,  I firmly believe that if Hill is traded, many fans including me will not be attending any more Spurs games, there I said it!!!!



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

Although I agree Tony Parker is far from a role model, strange how you consider George Hill a role model. I guess you have no problem with George getting caught sending naked pics of himself on his cell phone. Maybe you think Anthony Weiner is a role model as well... hear he is available now & has a good mid range jumper to help the Spurs stellar offense.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

Not a bad move, but doesnt really improve the team IMO.  They again did not address the biggest gaping hole - Center.
Spurs are small up front and were exposed in the 1st rd by the Grizzles. Dont have a legit C on the roster for the 3rd or 4th yr straight.



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

Most of the Spurs bad is the 80's and early 90's. Everything else has been pretty good considering 4 championships in 12 years. I wondered that myself.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:35 am
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

As a Golden State Warrior Fan, I take issue with a Spurs fan saying, "through good and bad".  Really???



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:22 am
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

The Spurs had too many Guards on the roster. Tony Parker's contract is not one that is easily tradable. the Spurs explored that route but the Parker's value on the open market was limited. Hill was the next in line to explore trade options. I thought Hill was a capable Guard for the Spurs but the need for a Forward or a Center was greater. Kawhi Leonard will be solid in the Spurs system. They got him for the price of a 15th pick when many draft boards had him in the top 10. I definately like that pick. Gary Neal will take over George Hill's roll and proved last season he is perfectly capable of handling that role. I am more concerned with the Spurs 4 and 5 spots. Duncan has probably 1 productive season left. He desperately needs to be replaced but athletes with the talent and the character that tim Duncan come around very very few and far between. Like Gervin, Robinson, Duncan will go down as one of the Spurs All time Greats and one of the NBA's All Time Greats.

Lakers: How is Metta World Peace working out for you?



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 8:39 am
 

Report: Spurs trade George Hill for Kawhi Leonard

As a Spurs fan for the last thirteen years though good and bad?  What bad?  You've won for Championships!  The only 'bad' season I can figure is the one where Robinson was hurt and that allowed you to draft Duncan.  


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