Kawhi Leonard RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Zach Lowe: Honestly not sure if this is out yet amid today’s whirlwind, but Kawhi Leonard’s 5-year deal w/ Spurs will have a player option in Year 5.
The San Antonio Spurs have agreed in principle to a maximum contract extension with free-agent forward Kawhi Leonard moments into free agency, sources told ESPN.com. The deal will be for five years and $90 million, though the final terms won’t be established until next week and the maximum salary is finalized. The Spurs will likely wait to actually sign the contract so they can free up cap space to chase other free agents, including LaMarcus Aldridge, sources said.
After the San Antonio Spurs presented an offer of a maximum contract extension to his representatives, star forward Kawhi Leonard has agreed to the framework of a five-year deal that could be worth in excess of $90 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.: 1 more rumor
Eric Pincus: The San Antonio Spurs extended qualifying offers to make Kawhie Leonard and Cory Joseph restricted free agents @BBallInsiders
Leonard, a former NBA Finals MVP and the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is expected to return to the Spurs on the maximum deal he covets (four years worth about $90 million). Most likely, the framework of Leonard’s pact has already been agreed upon. “It will be a short conversation,” a league source with knowledge of Leonard’s negotiations predicts.
While the Spurs await official word that Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are coming back, their first order of business will be swift and simple: Re-signing defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard to a five-year max deal, league sources told CBSSports.com.: 1 more rumor
Don’t expect any big recruitment meetings, songs or dances when the negotiating floodgates open just after midnight ET Wednesday — just a simple, quietly executed agreement that will keep Leonard in San Antonio well into his prime. The max deal is likely to have an early-termination option after the fourth season, sources said.
Leonard, who turns 24 on Monday, waited a year to get his commitment from the Spurs so the team would have payroll flexibility. He isn’t inclined to do a shorter deal and take advantage of the rising cap next summer; there’s injury risk involved, and Leonard will still be young enough to reap the benefits of the higher cap when he hits the market again in 2019.
Although Duncan and fellow Spurs mainstay Manu Ginobili have yet to make a formal declaration about their plans for next season, sources told ESPN.com that the Spurs are optimistic about re-signing both at salaries that will also allow them to re-sign prized restricted free agent Kawhi Leonard this summer as well as pursue top-tier free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.
The free-agent plan for the Spurs is to quickly agree on a five-year max deal with Leonard – “It will be a short conversation,” one person with knowledge of the dynamics said – and empower Leonard to join Duncan in an all-out recruitment of All-Star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, league sources told CBSSports.com.
A month later Kawhi won Finals MVP as Kim stomped her suede platform boots, sparkling with the Spurs’ rhinestone logo. “You see mothers of entertainers who don’t treat their kids like kids,” she says. “They treat them like stars because they don’t feel they can mother them and discipline them anymore. Kawhi is not a star to me. I treat him the same way I did when he was growing up.” In January, at 23, he finally moved out. He found a smaller house, 10 minutes away, and let his mom keep the bigger one. “I was like, ‘Really? Why don’t you stay one more year?’” Kim says. “He wanted his own space. It was kind of sad. But it’s part of maturing. I came here to make sure he was O.K., and I did that.”
After two years at San Diego State, Kawhi was drafted by the Pacers and immediately traded to San Antonio, and Kim moved in with him. His bedroom was upstairs, hers down. They played Jenga. They ate enchiladas. During the Western Conference finals last May they went to dinner in Oklahoma City and bumped into Popovich. “Tell your son to be more aggressive,” the coach said. “He needs the green light,” Kim replied. “He has it,” Popovich said.
The Spurs are well aware that Leonard will receive a flood of four-year max offers from rival teams on July 1 if he invites such interest as a restricted free agent. But the early word is that Leonard isn’t keen to be courted, knowing he’s regarded as the No. 1 building block upon which San Antonio hopes to construct its post-Duncan future and wanting on his own to stay right where he is. So the working expectation in Spurs circles is that Leonard and his bosses will come to a quick verbal agreement on a new five-year max deal that locks Kawhi in, which would then free up the front office to chase Aldridge and the other moves necessary to ensure all the math works.
Kawhi Leonard is a mortal lock to return, with a cap hold of roughly $7.2 million until he signs the max contract he’s absolutely going to get even after a poor finish to the Clippers series (29.6 percent from the floor over the last three games, one block and no steals over the last four). (All indications are that Leonard has no interest in signing an offer sheet elsewhere, and wants the security of a full deal over gambling with a one-year qualifying deal in order to hit unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2016, when the cap is projected to skyrocket with the NBA’s incoming TV windfall.)
In his season-ending news conference on Tuesday, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams expressed disapppointment that star forward Anthony Davis was not named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the award last week that was selected by the media. Leonard finished with 333 total votes that included 37 first-place votes.
The Spurs had Tim Duncan present Leonard with his Defensive Player of the Year trophy in a pregame ceremony. Afterward, Duncan was asked his impressions of how deeply the award touched his young teammate. “Can anybody tell? I don’t know.” Duncan handed him the trophy, and the idea would’ve been for Leonard to stand there, that trophy high in the air and let the love wash over him. Only he bailed. “I gave him the trophy, walked off and he was [following] behind me,” Duncan said.
Paul Garcia: Doc said Kawhi was the clear difference in the second half. Said Kawhi looked like he wanted to show voters he can score too.
For now, there’s no scenario where Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Leonard wants to be a Spur, and the Spurs are expected to come calling on July 1 with the max offer that they resisted delivering Leonard in the preseason, a move born out of preserving cap space to bring on a star free agent this summer.