Kawhi Leonard has several options heading into the offseason. According to HoopsHype, five NBA executives believe Leonard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and attempt to venture on another championship run. Leonard has a $36 million player option for the 2021-22 season. If he picks up the option, he will remain with the Clippers and become an unrestricted free agent in 2022.
The 30-year old has an opportunity for a deal ranging from $175 million to $246 million. This depends on whether he re-signs this offseason or after the 2021-22 season. The 2-time NBA Champion and Finals MVP has already received interest from several NBA teams. In addition, The Heat and Mavericks would make a run for Leonard if he declines any deals from the Clippers.
"I figure they have to make some changes and run it back with those two guys (Kawhi Leonard and Paul George). You've got to give it another chance."An NBA Executive told HoopsHype regarding Leonard's free agency options
Leonard and Paul George have been teammates in Los Angeles for two seasons. After a playoff downfall in the NBA Bubble against the Denver Nuggets, the duo led the team to their first Western Conference Finals in franchise history. According to the All-NBA First Team, Leonard impressively averaged 30.4 points, shooting 57.3% in the postseason. The five-time All-NBA forward played eleven games before injuring his knee.
"They have the talent and want to be in LA, so I bet things around them move, but they are solid."An NBA Executive said regarding Leonard and George playing in Los Angeles
The league's expectations on Leonard's decision
The Clippers had a successful season, finishing fourth in the Western Conference at 47-25. Even though an injury halted Leonard from playing, he provided his elite talent and all-star caliber moments. The word and expectation around the league sides that Leonard will sign a long-term deal, potentially receiving upwards of approximately $180 million.
Leonard averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 52 games with the Clippers in the 2020-21 season.