Back up the Brinks truck to the home of Kawhi Leonard. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers star forward has inked a new three-year, $153 million contract extension with the team.
The new deal will pay Leonard $52 million in the first year and $50 million annually over the following two years. There is no player option included in the deal.
Leonard had until June 30 to sign an extension with a $8.7 million player option for the season. Leonard averaged 23.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the season while retaining his health.
“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Kawhi,” Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, said in a statement. “He is an elite player, a terrific partner and a relentless worker who knows how to win and makes it his first priority. He elevated our franchise from the moment he arrived. We feel fortunate that Kawhi chose to join the Clippers five years ago, and excited to keep building with him.”
Leonard hopes his extension, which is less than the max available, will help in facilitating the return of James Harden and Paul George.
“With the conversation that I have with them about it, I think for the most part everybody is coming back,” Leonard said. “So with me signing an extension, I think it gives us a chance to sign both of those players.”
Leonard will now be the face of the organization as they head into their new arena for next season.
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