Clippers have Jerry West so im really not surprised at all. Yea he is a consultant but you dont hire him unless you gonna take his advice, especially on drafting and young players in general.
They didnt plan to tank this year. I dont think they thought they would be a top 4 seed either but it wasnt a tank move. we dont need that either. We are winning lots of games against quality teams on the road without Kawhi. No reason to think we arent a playoff team without him. I think we are. The only question i have is can Masai actually attract top flight FAs like the Clippers seem to think (and havent proven yet) they can??
I said it in another thread but i really believe Masai is gonna make a big go at Giannis in a couple years regardless of Kawhi staying or going. If we stay young and talented we would be in a good spot to surround him with quality as well.
We're a playoff team without him. But do we win a round? And if he leaves and we move Lowry, are we a playoff team then? Kawhi leaves, surely Lowry and Ibaka are gone next summer in all likelihood. I'm sure we'd get a couple decent assets for those two, but not sure how decent. This team won't go into tank mode, that's not Masai.