Helin: Spurs Headed For Rebuild

Without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs' dynasty could finally end

Reiter Than You
June 19, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Throughout world history, dynasties ultimately fall. It’s a tale as old as time.

Whether referring to particular examples like Ancient Greece or the Roman Empire, each historical regime enjoys its time in the spotlight, until it eventually comes to an end.

This storyline can even be seen in the realm of sports, with the most recent case appearing to be the San Antonio Spurs.

With Kawhi Leonard reportedly wanting out of San Antonio, a dynasty that has produced five NBA titles since 1999 could enter a rebuilding period – which is what NBC Sports and lead NBA writer Kurt Helin believes will happen.

“It will be rebuild time,” Helin said on Reiter Than You. “Without Kawhi, I don’t know what direction they can go.”

Despite persistent chatter for months regarding a rumored feud between Leonard and the San Antonio front office, Helin was still surprised about Leonard’s reported desire to leave the Alamo City.

“I just got a sense from talking to people that they thought it would work out; $219 million solves a lot of problems, and he didn’t want out so badly that he would give this up,” Helin said. “They were wrong.”

It seems Leonard’s preferred destination would be the Los Angeles Lakers, but this outcome is far from guaranteed. If a trade does occur, the Spurs will be looking for two big components in exchange for their 26-year-old veteran: potential All-Stars and future draft picks. While this might seem as a heavy price to pay for several around the league, Helin sees this as a fair deal.

“I don’t think that is unreasonable at all,” Helin said. 

Depending on Leonard’s recovery from a quad injury, which sidelined him for the majority of last season, he could provide an immediate impact — wherever he goes.

“He’s certainly a top-five (player) and an MVP candidate when healthy,” Helin said. “He is as good as it gets in the league right now.”