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Kawhi Leonard Gets Mocked On Twitter For New Balance Deal

A view of Kawhi Leonard crouching down from the side.

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)

Kawhi Leonard might have experience brushing off critics of his play on the court, but he might be breaking new ground on this latest with his latest major career move.

Earlier today, Yahoo! Sports reported that Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard is set to land an endorsement deal from New Balance.

From Yahoo NBA insider Chris Haynes:

Leonard, 27, will serve as the face of New Balance basketball, with the company looking to re-establish itself in the basketball market.

The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year turned down an extension with Jordan Brand earlier this year, allowing him to become a sneaker free agent.

The deal will reportedly pay Leonard $5 million per year. He previously rejected an extension with Jordan Brand.

New Balance has not had as big a footprint in basketball - let alone the NBA - as Nike, but is reportedly looking to "re-establish itself in the basketball market."

Following the news, Twitter was quick to make fun at Kawhi's move to the comparatively bland sneaker company.

Leonard has been enjoying a terrific first season in Toronto after joining the team in a trade from the San Antonio Spurs.

He is averaging 24.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game in just over 33 minutes per night - all of which are in the top-three on the team.

The Raptors are also 18-4, the best record in the NBA.

[Yahoo! Sports]