Kawhi Leonard re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers for a four-year, $176.3M contract after a great run in the regular season and the playoffs for the organization.
Leonard has been one of the most consistent performers in the league for quite some time now. He has won two NBA championships, one with the San Antonio Spurs, and one with the Toronto Raptors. He is also a two-time Finals MVP.
In the last few seasons, he was forced to miss games due to the ‘load management’ strategy. ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith believes Leonard deserves more than his current extension as a talent.
However, as the face of the team, Leonard cannot be sitting 20 or more games per season without injuries, and this strategy might have cost his organizations a title, per Stephen A. Smith.
Leonard will likely miss most of the next season, recovering from an injury that occurred during the Western Conference semifinals vs. Utah.