Earlier Wednesday morning, the NBA received interesting news when it was announced Kawhi Leonard signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Initial reports suggested Leonard signed a four-year max deal with the Clippers. However, NBA insider Shams Charania of the Athletic and Stadium revealed Leonard inked a three-year deal that includes a player option for the third year.
The deal means Leonard can become a free agent in 2021 – which adds to a loaded class.
Leonard aligned his contract to become a free with Clippers teammate Paul George.
Here are a few of the top players who will become free agents in 2021.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Bradley Beal, CJ McCollum, Rudy Gobert, Victor Oladipo, Mike Conley, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jrue Holiday.
2021 FA Class as of today
— Ralph Mason (@Ralph_MasonJr) July 10, 2019
LeBron, Chris Paul and LaMarcus Aldridge won’t be in the prime of their careers in two years, but they’re still key pieces.
Meanwhile, Kawhi and Giannis could be battling it out for NBA MVP honors and fighting to supplant LeBron as the best player in the league.
The first week of 2019 NBA free agency dominated headlines in the sporting world and brought parity back to the sport. 2021 can certainly offer the same.