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Report: Kawhi Leonard’s close friend, Jeremy Castleberry, will be assistant coach on Clippers

Kawhi Leonard, Jeremy Castleberry, Clippers

Kawhi Leonard’s close friend, Jeremy Castleberry, will be an assistant coach on the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Jabari Young of The Athletic.

Castleberry earned his degree at San Diego State University, where Leonard went to college. Castleberry played basketball with Leonard in high school and college. Leonard signed a three-year, $103 million contract with the Clippers this summer.

The Toronto Raptors had Castleberry as a player development coach last season. He was an assistant video coordinator on the San Antonio Spurs when Leonard was a Spur.

The Clippers are clearly going to do whatever it takes to keep Kawhi Leonard happy. With Leonard and Paul George on the team, the Clips are title contenders for the first time in franchise history.

Last season with the Raptors, Leonard showed the world he’s arguably the best player in basketball. The three-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the regular-season. As all superstars do, Leonard took his game to another level in the playoffs. He put up 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists to lead the Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship. Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games in the Finals.

Leonard won his second Finals MVP award. The 28-year-old will now try and bring the Clippers their first title in franchise history.