Kawaii Leonard Clippers to re-sign 176.3M for 4 years
Leonard eventually renews his contract with the Clippers and reattempts his third career win.
Shamese Carania of The Athletic reported on the 13th (Korea time) that Kawai Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to renew their four-year, $176 million contract. In the last year of the four years, the player seems to have the option of remaining in the team and choosing the FA declaration himself.
There was no change in Leonard’s decision, as a report by Chris Haines of Yahoo Sports on the 7th said that Leonard and Clippers’ re-signing situation had reached the final stage of consultation.
Leonard, meanwhile, suffered a knee injury in Game 4 of the Western Second Round against Utah Jazz in the 2020-2021 season. Leonard, who was virtually ruled out of the season, has not returned to Game 6 of the conference final against the Phoenix Suns since then.
Shortly after the end of the season, Leonard underwent surgery to reconstruct his knee cruciate ligament. As a result, it was widely expected that Leonard would take about nine months to return to the court to recover from surgery. Ordinary role-players would have chosen to implement the player option at a time when it is difficult to play in the upcoming season.
One, Leonard believed in himself and the team. He gave up his annual salary of $36.1 million, which had been tied up in the 2020-2021 season, chose an opt-out and even renewed his contract with his team. It was once said that Leonard would listen to other teams’ negotiation proposals, but the team that Leonard chose was the Clippers.
Even after losing the team’s ace Leonard due to injury, the Clippers showed their determination to lead the team to Game 6 against Phoenix, the runner-up team of the playoffs. This must have had a significant impact on Leonard’s renewed contract with the Clippers.
With the renewed contract, the one-two punch combination between Leonard and Paul George of the Clippers is expected to continue through the 2023-2024 season.