Why Kawhi Leonard Is Signing A Shorter Contract With The Clippers

Why Kawhi Leonard Is Signing A Shorter Contract With The Clippers

We already knew Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse didn't blame Kawhi Leonard for choosing to return home to California and sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The U.S. media said that the Clippers will pay $103 million for Leonard for three seasons.

Leonard, mysterious as ever, waited until it was nearly too late to make his free agency work out the way he desired.

If both players become free agents in 2021, the Clippers would hold Leonard's early Bird rights and full Bird rights for George.

Irving also agreed to a deal worth slightly below the maximum to allow the Nets to sign DeAndre Jordan to a deal reportedly worth $40 million.

"This is a historic moment for our organization and our fans", Frank said.

It will be stunning if Davis doesn't sign a new contract with the Lakers next summer.

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What if George had told Leonard that he didn't want to bail so quickly on the team that he had chosen?

He can take solace in knowing that he'll seek his third National Basketball Association title on his own terms on a hometown Clippers team he influenced to acquire George.

The Thunder announced the trade Wednesday afternoon, including a statement from general manager Sam Presti on George and the transaction.

Leonard's contract with the Clippers includes a player option for 2021-2022, Charania also reports. Maybe Leonard would have simply walked on to the Lakers if the Clippers had not been able to get George, but he clearly had reservations about signing up to be a performer in the LeBron James carnival. "I was rooting for him and I watched every playoff game this year with Toronto". The contract is for less years than originally reported. I wanted him to win and I'm just happy for him, me knowing him personally and the type of person he is, just knowing the dedication and the hard work that he puts in. Last season, Neal's basketball journey led him to Turkey, where he averaged 15.4 points per game for Banvit of the Turkish Basketball Super League.

George averaged a career-best 28 points last season even while dealing with shoulder issues that required surgery, and the Thunder couldn't get out of the first round in either of his two seasons in OKC.

"From the time that Paul and his representation made us aware of what had been transpiring and their subsequent request, our focus as an organization was identifying the best paths for our future", Presti said.

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