It looks like Kawhi Leonard is going to be in Los Angeles not just for next season, but for the foreseeable future.
Less than a week after agreeing to return to the Clippers, Leonard has reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with the club, according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. The perennial All-Star originally turned down his player option for the 2021-22 season, but never strayed from his intention to come back to LA.
According to Stadium’s Shams Charania, the new contract for Leonard will come out to just over $176 million over four seasons.
BREAKING: All-NBA star Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles Clippers have reached agreement and he has signed a new four-year contract that includes a player option, solidifying the star’s future with the team, league sources tell @YahooSports. https://t.co/Cjq5MfX1pF
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 12, 2021
This past season, Leonard averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game over 52 appearances, helping the Clippers to the Western Conference Finals.
However, he suffered a partially torn ACL in the Western Conference semifinal series against Utah, which ended his season early. As a result, Leonard is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2021-22 campaign.
If and when he does play next year, Leonard will do so as a member of the Clippers, and LA has the 30-year-old locked in beyond 2022 as the franchise seeks out an elusive trip to the NBA Finals.