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Kawhi Leonard’s NBA contracts

Since getting drafted by the Indiana Pacers back in 2011, Kawhi Leonard has made $116,756,010 through his NBA contracts, per Spotrac.

Year Team Salary Total Earnings
2011-12 SAS $1,394,017 $1,394,017
2012-13 SAS $1,809,840 $3,203,857
2013-14 SAS $1,887,840 $5,091,697
2014-15 SAS $2,894,059 $7,985,756
2015-16 SAS $16,407,500 $24,393,256
2016-17 SAS $17,638,063 $42,031,319
2017-18 SAS $18,868,625 $60,899,944
2018-19 SAS $3,014,878 $63,914,822
2018-19 TOR $20,099,188 $84,014,010
2019-20 LAC $32,742,000 $116,756,010
Total $116,756,010 $116,756,010
2020-21 LAC $34,379,100 $151,135,110
2021-22 LAC $36,016,200 $187,151,310
$187,151,310 $187,151,310

The Pacers selected Leonard with the 15th overall pick in 2011. However, the franchise traded him to the San Antonio Spurs on draft night.

The 2011-12 season was the lockout year, so Leonard didn’t sign his rookie contract until December 10th. Kawhi signed a two-year, $3.54 million contract with the Spurs. He made $1,394,017 during his rookie season and $1,809,840 in his second year.

In the summer of 2012, the Spurs exercised Kawhi Leonard’s $1,887,840 team option. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds during the regular season and was starting to establish himself as a serious role player on the Spurs.

In the 2013 playoffs, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs defeated LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Finals. Leonard won Finals MVP while only making $1,887,840. He earned $2,894,059 the following season before cashing in on his payday in the summer of 2015.

The Spurs signed Kawhi Leonard to a five-year, $94.3 million maximum contract. He made $16,407,500 in 2015-16 and firmly established himself as a superstar in the NBA.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Leonard earned $17,638,063. He won back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was setting himself up for the Designated Veteran Extension.

At the height of his powers and playing at an MVP level, Leonard got hurt in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. That injury wound up changing the NBA landscape.

Kawhi Leonard only played in nine games for the Spurs during the 2017-18 season because of a lingering quad injury. He lost trust in the team’s medical staff and eventually requested a trade. The California native wanted to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers, but the Spurs weren’t going to do him any favors.

San Antonio traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. Leonard made $20,099,188 from the Raptors and $3,014,878 from the Spurs during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 60 games for the Raptors, leading Toronto to 58 wins and the second-best record in the East.

In the 2019 Finals, Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games. Kawhi Leonard became a Raptors legend in just one season. He averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists in the 2019 playoffs and won his second Finals MVP.

After guiding the Raptors to their first-ever title, Kawhi Leonard was the most sought after free agent last summer. He wound up signing a three-year, $103.14 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, who also traded for fellow L.A. native Paul George.

Leonard recruited George to the Clippers by convincing PG-13 to request a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard was making $32,742,000 before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19. He will make $34,379,100 next season and has a player option worth $36,016,200 for the 2021-22 season.