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Read and React: The Lead
Read and React: The Lead

Not since that that guy bet on the last-place St. Louis Blues to win the Stanley Cup has there been a better gamble than the one the Toronto Raptors took when they traded for Kawhi Leonard.

Sure, this NBA Finals will carry an asterisk for some, especially after Klay Thompson went down with a torn ACL in the middle of Game 6 a few days after Kevin Durant went down with a torn Achilles. But Toronto still had to take it, still had to stop Steph, still had to beat Draymond, still had to go into a fired-up Oracle and win.

And they were able to do that because they had Kawhi Leonard.

A year ago they didn't. They were a good, not great team that had plateaued by reaching the conference semifinals. So Masai Ujiri pulled the string, trading away arguably the best player in franchise history for a better player.

Stupid move, right, because Kawhi would never stay in Toronto. They may be the North, but he's SoCal through and through, and giving up DeMar DeRozan for a chance to convince Kawhi to stay is a steep price.

That is, until they won the championship. Now re-signing Kawhi is icing on the cake. Even if he leaves, leaving the cupboard a bit bare, the entire country of Canada will take the one-year championship rental in lieu of 10 more with DeRozan.

There's a reason why the Washington Wizards are reportedly offering Ujiri $10 million a year to run their team. He risked it all and won.

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