Luke Kennard agrees to 4-year, $64 million extension with Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are making sure to set themselves up for the present and future as they continue their dealings before the 2020-21 NBA season begins. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers and guard Luke Kennard have agreed to a four-year, $64 million extension on Monday.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard has agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension, his agents Aaron Mintz and Dave Spahn of @caa_sports tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 21, 2020
The Clippers essentially made good on Kennard when they were able to pry him away from the Detroit Pistons in a three-team trade back in November. The 6-foot-5 sharpshooter spent his first three seasons in the league with the Pistons after being taken with the 12th pick during the 2017 draft.
The Duke University product finished last season averaging 15.8 points per game, a dramatic bump-up from his sophomore year of 9.7 points. His production has continued to climb overall during his time in the league as well. He finished last season connecting on 39 percent of his 3-pointers while attempting 6.5 per game.
With the uncertainty of the Clippers backcourt, the front office may be banking on Kennard as a safe bet going into the season. Patrick Beverley hasn’t exactly performed up to his $13 million salary while Lou Will continues to decline performance-wise at the age of 34.
Kennard gives the Clippers a set of fresh eyes in the backcourt either way. Hopefully his production brings about better results than last year after the Clippers were eliminated in horrid fashion by the Denver Nuggets in a 3-1 comeback scenario.
The Clippers and their semi-new roster will get a chance to start off on the right path for the new season as they take on their inner-city rivals in the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
The Clippers face multiple challenges this season. Getting past the Lakers will be their ultimate hurdle, but even if they can’t beat the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the Clippers will have to work hard to get to that point. Fans know the Clips have never made the conference finals in the history of the franchise.