After almost a week of waiting for Kawhi Leonard’s decision, the All-Star forward shocked the basketball world by signing with the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Leonard took meetings in free agency with the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors. All three teams were willing to offer him a max contract, but apparently money wasn’t a huge concern for him.
When Leonard made the decision to request a trade from the San Antonio Spurs, he also decided to pass up on the chance to earn a $221 million extension with them.
The reigning Finals MVP once again proved that money isn’t the driving force behind his decisions by rejecting the Raptors and their $190 million offer.
Instead, Leonard will be with the Clippers on a four-year deal worth $141 million.
Overall, Leonard sacrificed the chance to make an extra $80 million so he could return to California.
At the end of the day it wasn’t about the money for Kawhi Leonard.
Went from $221M with San Antonio to $190M with Toronto and now $141M with the LA Clippers.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 6, 2019
The Clippers are currently the favorites to win next year’s championship. Pairing Leonard with Paul George completed shifted the betting odds.
Playing in Los Angeles will most likely help Leonard’s marketability, but his move was more about staying close to home and leading another team to a championship.
Now that Leonard is in Los Angeles for the next four years, any questions about his future can finally be put to rest.