Report: Kawhi Leonard agrees to deal with LA Clippers
The latest NBA free agency bomb is regarding Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Leonard is set to return to the Clippers. Terms of the deal are still being discussed, per Haynes.
Free agent star Kawhi Leonard has decided that he is re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers and terms are being discussed, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 6, 2021
This seemed like the obvious move all along, although reports came out that other teams were going to try to make a run at Leonard. One of the best two-way players in the NBA, Leonard essentially would have fit well on every single team in the NBA, but he was never leaving the Clippers.
In his second season with the Clippers, Leonard averaged 24.8 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and adding 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists. Of course, Leonard was injured against the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Semis and missed the entirety of the WCF against the Phoenix Suns.
It was then announced that Leonard underwent surgery on his ACL in the middle of July, putting his status for the 2021-22 NBA season in serious jeopardy.
Kawhi Leonard has undergone successful surgery to repair a partial tear of his ACL, the Clippers have announced.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) July 14, 2021
While the official timetable for his return is up in the air, it is likely that he missed anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the rehab and recovery.
Either way, Leonard has re-signed with the Clippers, and they will try and stay afloat as they wait for him to return.