The star of the NBA, Kawhi Leonard is the main name that could make it to free agency this summer, but there is no expectation that he will leave Los Angeles Clippers.
The Klaw have a $ 36 million player option for the 2021-22 season that he will surely turn down for another bigger multi-year contract. However, Sam Amick and John Hollinger of The Athletic report that the general consensus around the NBA is that Leonard will re-sign with the Clippers.
However, barring a dramatic turn of events in the coming months, it looks like this Leonard’s free agency will be decidedly less dramatic. While this league has certainly taught us to expect the unexpected, the truth is that Leonard is still expected to re-sign with the Clippers. As it stands, that’s the word from Clippers sources and rival executives alike.
The decision of Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers it was motivated in part by the desire to return home and team up with Paul George. Los Angeles has already closed half its core by signing George to an extension last winter. It seems unlikely that Clippers let Leonard escape.
A lot can happen between now and this summer. Perhaps LA suffers another embarrassing meltdown in the playoffs, causing Leonard to question his future with the organization. But Kawhi is everything to the franchise.
Leonard is averaging 25.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his first 43 games, shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from beyond the arc and also averaging 1.8 steals per game. Ranks third in Win Shares every 48 minutes.