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#pounditSaturday, September 18, 2021

Report: Kawhi Leonard expected to remain with Clippers after opting out

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard has opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers as expected. However, it does not sound like he is seriously considering going anywhere else.

Leonard informed the Clippers that he is declining his $36 million player option for 2021-22. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the expectation is still that Leonard will negotiate a new deal with the Clippers instead of looking elsewhere.

There had been some speculation that Leonard would consider leaving the Clippers. That still appears to be unrealistic. Leonard chose the Clippers after a substantial courtship in 2019 and went out of his way to recruit Paul George to play with him. It would be strange for him to walk away from that situation just two years after putting it together.

Leonard averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game for the Clippers last season. He’s at risk of missing part of the 2021-22 season after undergoing knee surgery in July.

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