Despite his plan to opt out of the last year of his deal, Kawhi Leonard is expected to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.
In his latest piece, Stein states that league sources believe Kawhi Leonard’s likeliest free agency decision will be to opt-out and then re-sign with the LA Clippers.
“The most likely scenario, league sources say, remains Leonard opting out to re-sign with the Clippers — or, in Steve Ballmer’s worst nightmare, to shock the league by signing elsewhere. Leonard’s well-known affinity for Southern California has led various rival front offices to presume that he would have no interest in switching teams for the third time, but the notion that Leonard is unattainable seems to be waning a bit as the Aug. 2 start of free agency nears.”
Leonard will likely become a free agent this season despite recovering from an ACL injury that occurred during the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
In two seasons with the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard has averaged 26 points, 6.8 rebounds and five assists per game. He’s led the Clippers to the playoffs twice, including their first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance this year.