ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that Kawhi is expected to re-sign with the Clippers this summer. He’ll be staying with the team he just led to their first-ever Western Conference Finals.
In two years with the Clippers, Kawhi has started 109 games and averaged 26 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He has been an All-Star in both seasons.
On Twitter, fans don’t appear too surprised by the move. Many have pointed out that Kawhi moved heaven and earth to ensure he got to the Clippers. So they were confident he wasn’t going to leave:
The dude drives a 98 Volvo and left a championship team ready to repeat bc he missed his moms cooking. Why was this ever a story https://t.co/taP9wTolHP
— Evan Turner’s Cousin (@SaiIorTurnee) July 25, 2021
No shut he moved hell and high water just to get there. People saying he’d leave were just trying to create a story https://t.co/Q4jSCKInL1
— Andrew Ochs (@ItsAndrewOchs) July 25, 2021
There was a 0% chance Kawhi was leaving the Clippers https://t.co/yER1KzwTpb
— Depressed Bulls Fan (0-0) (@LaVinesBurner) July 25, 2021
Of course, many are also poking fun at fans of other teams who thought they might get Kawhi Leonard in the first place:
Heat and Mavericks fans in tears https://t.co/SHfjIdCZj9
— Deezy⚡ (@DozMan98) July 25, 2021
Fake news, Knicks fans told me he was coming to NYC https://t.co/g6Zg3NAnp2
— Kevin O’Donnell (@Kev__odonnell) July 25, 2021
damn, I wanted him to team wit Luka😭 https://t.co/EFs1OEPNu0
— Jb😮💨 (@jaeeb2001) July 25, 2021
The 2020-21 season was a historic season for the Los Angeles Clippers. While Kawhi Leonard didn’t have his best regular season ever, he really turned on the juice in the postseason.
In 11 playoff games he averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Sadly, a severe injury in the Western Conference Semifinals kept him from playing in the Conference Finals.
If Kawhi can overcome his injury and play this coming season, he’ll be expected to lead them back.
But for now, it appears that Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers aren’t heading for a divorce anytime soon.