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NBA Team Fires TV Analyst Fueling Major Free Agency Rumors

A picture of Kawhi Leonard from behind.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers will not be renewing television game analyst Bruce Bowen's contract heading into this season. Why? Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers weren't thrilled with Bowen's comments on Kawhi Leonard a few weeks back.

Bowen and the Clippers were reportedly planning on negotiating a new contract before the former San Antonio Spurs star's comments about Leonard went viral.

The main gist here? The Clippers were interested in trading for Leonard before he was dealt to the Toronto Raptors. They're also interested in trying to sign him as a free agent next summer. Bowen's comments won't help the team land him.

Here's what Bowen had to say about Leonard, via ESPN:

"I think there's nothing but excuses going on," Bowen told Sirius XM Radio on June 22. "First, it was, 'Well I was misdiagnosed.' Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they're trying to rush you? You didn't play for the most part a full season this year. And you're the go-to guy, you're the franchise, and you want to say that they didn't have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?"

"I think he's getting bad advice," Bowen told Sirius. "I think what you're starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice and it's not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you still could lean on Tim (Duncan), Tony (Parker) and Manu (Ginobili)."

Leonard's free agency will be fascinating to see next summer. He's reportedly expressed an interest to play in Los Angeles for either the Lakers or the Clippers, but the Raptors will likely do all they can in the next year to try to keep him in Toronto.

Either way, if he does win up playing for the Clippers, Bowen won't be the one calling his games.